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A lobster boat anchored off Little Chebeague Island.
@Jerry and Marcy Monkman/EcoPhotography

Tackling Nutrient Pollution in Casco Bay

CBEP and partners are monitoring nutrients around Casco Bay to provide real-time data on nutrient processes. CBEP’s “NuLAB”, a land-based nutrient analyzer, deployed off the Portland Street Pier in South Portland, has been automatically collecting nitrate, nitrite and ammonium samples every two hours all summer. Seeing a likely connection between nitrate/nitrite concentration and rainfall events, CBEP plans to redeploy the sensor earlier in spring 2020 to capture data during heavy rainfall events. All data collected this summer is preliminary.

To link to streaming buoy data, or download the Nutrient Council report or a fact sheet on nutrient pollution, go to this page on the CBEP website.

"Shell Day" Monitoring Blitz
for Coastal Acidification

Maine Shell Day Participants

On August 22, the first ever Northeast Shell Day took place.The goal of this single-day monitoring blitz was to get a snapshot of coastal conditions up and down the Atlantic coast, from Downeast Maine to Long Island Sound.

The oceans are getting progressively more acidic with rising atmospheric CO2 levels. For shell-forming mollusks like clams and oysters, increased levels of acidity in seawater can interfere with their ability to build and maintain their calcium carbonate shells. Not much is known about the ecological effects of coastal acidification, and scientists are working to fill in the gaps.

On Shell Day, monitoring organizations collected Total Alkalinity bottle samples supplied at no cost and later analyzed by the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) and partnering EPA and University laboratories. The collected water samples were then sent to participating labs where they were analyzed to determine total alkalinity. 

Here are some stats for the first Shell Day:
  • 57 organizations participated in sampling
  • 9 Chemical oceanography labs analyzed the samples 
  • 113 people visited these laboratories on August 23
  • The blitz generated dozens of news stories and helped raise awareness of coastal acidification
To find out more about Shell Day, visit this site, and read more about coastal acidification here.
AICP credits available

Join us for a daylong conference highlighting innovative strategies to help communities pay for projects to increase their resilience to sea level rise and severe storms.

Many Maine communities have identified climate-related vulnerabilities to their homes, businesses, and natural areas due to the impacts of sea level rise and increases in severe storms. Finding funding for adaptation solutions is often a major barrier to addressing these concerns and moving forward.

Join the Island InstituteMaine Coastal Program, the New England Environmental Finance CenterCasco Bay Estuary Partnership, and Resilience Works, LLC on Friday, September 27th at the United Farmers Market of Maine, 16 Spring Street in Belfast, for a daylong conference that will highlight innovative strategies for how to pay for infrastructure projects to increase a community’s resilience.

Come to learn about:

  • Funding and financing options in Maine
  • The role of innovative public-private partnerships, impact investments, and insurance in financing to build community resilience
  • The economic consequences of taking no action toward adaptation
  • How your community can incorporate project financing into its adaptation planning
  • Creative financing and adaptation examples from across the U.S.
Presentations will include panel discussions with municipal and state representatives, case studies from outside of Maine, and opportunities to learn about emerging and innovative financing options to help facilitate your community's next steps.

Speakers will include representatives from the Maine Office of Policy, Innovation, and the Future, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the Maine Department of Transportation, environmental finance experts, local town legislators, and other experts.

To learn more, see the full list of speakers and the detailed final agenda here: ShoreUp Maine 2019 Agenda


Charles Colgan
Research Director, Center for the Blue Economy
Middlebury Institute of International Studies

As Director of Research for the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE), Dr. Charles Colgan oversees the conduct of research activities and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, the first outlet established for sharing research outside of fisheries that's specific to our oceans and coasts. Dr. Colgan also served as a consultant with the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) for more than 14 years. Considered by many researchers to be the best source of data on ocean and coastal economics, NOEP has more than 2,000 regular users across all sectors and geographies in the U.S., and more than 37 nations.

Prior to his role at the CBE, Dr. Colgan served as a Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and was the Chair of the Muskie School’s PhD Program in Public Policy. His long-term economic forecasts are used by the Maine Department of Transportation and the Economic Development Districts of Maine. Prior to joining the USM, he served in the Maine State Planning Office, was State Economist, and Director of Natural Resource and Economic Policy.

In his keynote at the ShoreUp Maine 2019 conference, Dr. Colgan will discuss the climate-related challenges facing our coastal communities and approaches to resilience actions. 

Read Dr. Colgan's full bio here.
Learn more about the Center for the Blue Economy here.

Additional details, including lodging and carpooling options, are available on the ShoreUp Maine 2019 event website.
Space is limited – save your place today!
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Casco Bay Coastal Academy: Conservation Commissions & Plan Review
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

WHAT: Hands-on workshop to learn how to review development plans with a focus on conservation commission priorities. Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission staff will lead this workshop.

WHO: Conservation commission members, other municipal board members, municipal staff, interested citizens

WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 5:30— 8 p.m. (light dinner included)

WHERE: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth

FMI: Contact:

CBEP and Partner Events

  • September 26: Free YardScaping workshop. Learn ways to grow a beautiful lawn that's safe for kids, pets, and the environment while saving money, time, and effort. Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District. Yarmouth Water District. For more info, contact Ali Clift, CCSWCD, at 892-4700.
  • September 27: Sea Level Rise - Who Pays and How, United Farmers Market of Maine, Belfast. Island Institute & Partners. More info and registration here
  • October 2: Storytelling with Maps, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Participants will leave this one-day workshop with the skills necessary to create a free online map  and use that map to create a multimedia presentation that is easily shared. More info and registration here.
  • October 20: Mill Brook Family-Friendly Trail Grand Opening, Westbrook. Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. Go here to RSVP.
  • October 29: Casco Bay Coastal Academy: Conservation Commissions & Plan Review, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. Hands-on workshop to learn how to review development plans with a focus on conservation commission priorities. More info and registration here.
  • October 30: Building Risk Communication Skills. Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Better understand how people respond to risk and develop communications skills for discussing hazards in your community. More information and registration here.
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