Out & About with the Casco Baykeeper

A Major Step Toward a Cleaner Casco Bay

A Major Step Toward a Cleaner Casco Bay

Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and Scott Firmin, Portland Water District’s Director of Wastewater Services, worked diligently for nearly a year on an agreement to reduce nitrogen in the treated wastewater from the East End wastewater treatment plant.

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Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca uses science and policy to protect our Bay

Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca uses science and policy to protect our Bay

“Challenging” is how Ivy Frignoca describes the grueling, seven-hour interview process for the position of Casco Baykeeper. “The Baykeeper Search Advisory Committee clearly put a lot of thought into all the attributes they wanted in the next Baykeeper.” Since joining the staff of Friends of Casco Bay in January 2016, Ivy has clearly demonstrated that she has quite enough stamina, commitment, and passion for the job! In her first few months, she helped defeat a bad bill before the Legislature that would have weakened Maine’s Oil Spill Prevention Law, and met with coastal legislators to discuss pending marine-related bills. Ivy also met with Portland officials and the Portland Water District to discuss ways to deal with stormwater pollution. Ivy conducted many media interviews to highlight her focus on continuing Friends of Casco Bay’s work to reduce water pollution and to study and address climate change in our community. Ivy helped advance statewide efforts to confront ocean acidification by working with others to create the all-volunteer Maine Ocean and Coastal Acidification Partnership, to coordinate the work of government agencies, academic institutions, resource harvesters, and nonprofit organizations that are studying ways to reduce the impact of— and how to adapt to—the changing chemistry of our ocean. They have put together a work plan and have been meeting to address how lower pH of sea water is affecting our shellfisheries and the overall health of our coastal waters. Before Ivy came on board with Friends of Casco Bay, she worked on issues confronting our waters as an attorney at Conservation Law Foundation. Prior to moving to the Casco Bay region 26 years ago, she taught marine biology and ecology, interpreted natural history for park visitors, and advocated on behalf of Vermont state parks and...

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Out & About with the Casco Baykeeper October 2016

Out & About with the Casco Baykeeper October 2016

January 4th, 2016, was Ivy Frignoca’s first day as Casco Baykeeper. Had Ivy kept a diary of the highlights of her year to date, it might have read like this — in abbreviated version, of course!

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Out & About with the Casco Baykeeper May 2016

Out & About with the Casco Baykeeper May 2016

Sometimes as I idle at yet another stop light, I wonder how charming 19th century Portland must have been. Then I think about the remnants from Portland’s industrial past that we are still cleaning up.

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