Word that Friends of Casco Bay had received a $15,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to support the Casco Baykeeper program coincided with the 20th anniversary of the program itself.Portlandnative Joe Payne has been Casco Baykeeper since 1991. While he holds the official title, Baykeeping is the heart of Friends of Casco Bay’s work. Baykeeping includes protecting existing environmental laws, winning new protections for coastal waters, and responding to unexpected threats and citizens’ concerns about the Bay.
The organization operates a Baykeeper boat that it uses to investigate pollution problems and monitor coastal waters year-round. That vessel and dozens of volunteer citizen stewards support a team of scientific investigators who collect data on the environmental health of the Bay. The data is the foundation for Friends of Casco Bay’s advocacy and educational outreach to prevent pollution.
By protecting water quality, Friends of Casco Bay protects all the species and industries that depend on a clean Casco Bay. “The Quimby Family Foundation has a long history of protecting significant areas of wilderness area in Maine,” said Will Everitt, Development Director for Friends of Casco Bay. “Maine’s coastal waters are our largest tract of undeveloped wilderness, and we’re appreciative of the Foundation’s support of our work to protect Casco Bay.”