Friends of Casco Bay was founded 25 years ago, after a report described Casco Bay as one of the most polluted bodies of water in the nation. People around the Bay knew it was time to act. In late 1989, Jeff Clements joined the founders of Friends of Casco Bay and filed the legal documents to incorporate Friends of Casco Bay as a not-for-profit organization. Jeff served on the first Board of Directors. In 2009, he was invited to return to the Board. His two decades of history with Friends of Casco Bay put him in a unique and invaluable position to observe how the organization has changed over time.
Jeff’s career has been marked by his work defending the public interest on environmental, financial, public health and other issues. In Maine, Jeff served as a policy planner in the State Planning Office. In Massachusetts, he served as the Chief of Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. In private practice, Jeff’s brief in the Citizens United v. FEC case and the publication of his book, Corporations Are Not People, inspired a national, non-partisan campaign to challenge the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations, to enhance the voice of people in our democracy, and to overturn Citizens United.
Jeff recalls, “When we started Friends of Casco Bay, we recognized that a sense of responsibility and stewardship by everyone in the watershed offered the best, maybe the only, chance for the long-term health and beauty of Casco Bay. We wanted an organization that not merely pointed fingers, but created tools and methods, and built scientific credibility, to engage people to join in the ongoing work of protecting Casco Bay.
“I am gratified to see that we were right to bet that the people of the Casco Bay watershed would respond to our call for responsibility and stewardship.”
You can see how other community members are partnering with us to protect the Bay on our Community Connection page.