Friends of Casco Bay is a marine stewardship organization founded in 1989 to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. We are recognized for our “work with” approach in seeking effective solutions to problems that threaten the health of the Bay.
Our work involves advocacy, education & outreach, water quality monitoring, and collaborative partnerships
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Friends of Casco Bay is award-winning! Click here to learn about some of our honors and awards.
Friends of Casco Bay Documentary
This 6 minute video, created by University of Southern Maine students Shane Roma, John Spires, and Christine Wilson, introduces Friends of Casco Bay:
In 1989, Friends of Casco Bay was organized by concerned citizens in response to “Troubled Waters,” an alarming report about pollution in Casco Bay. Within two years the organization hired its first staff person, Joe Payne, as Casco BAYKEEPER®, making him the seventh WATERKEEPER® in the world and founding member of the WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE, an international environmental movement that safeguards our waterways.
Since then, Friends of Casco Bay has grown to be recognized by businesses, environmentalists, government agencies, and community leaders as the pivotal player in seeking collaborative, effective solutions to problems that threaten the health of the Bay. We are recognized locally and nationally for our “work-with” approach to environmental problem solving. For over 20 years, Friends of Casco Bay has been the leading environmental organization working to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay.