The chemistry of the water in Casco Bay is changing more rapidly than anyone could have predicted. Nitrogen from fertilizers, sewage, and air pollution accounts for much of the acidification of our coastal waters.
Our research on clam flats has found a disturbing link between acidic mud and clam flats where it is no longer profitable for clammers to harvest shellfish.
Jennifer Fox and Rick Frantz, owners of Andy’s Old Port Pub on Portland’s waterfront and residents of Great Diamond Island, spoke at the press conference. They commented, “People from ‘away’ remark on how clear the water is in Casco Bay. But you can’t see the nitrogen.”
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Portland Press Herald: http://www.pressherald.com/