“Maine’s waters — rivers, lakes and the ocean — are a major draw for people and residents who choose to live in this region. They are a central asset for our communities, by supporting water dependent industries (from lobstering to tourism), improving our quality of life, and attracting creative individuals and businesses.” Says Chris Bohlen, Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, “The Sustain Southern Maine project gives us a chance to join with a wide range of organizations to take a close look at how economy and environment are linked in this part of Maine.”
Devoted to the preservation and restoration of the Casco Bay estuary, the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership joins federal, state and local government with non-profits, business interests and academic institutions. The partnership was founded in 1990 when Casco Bay was declared an “estuary of national significance” by the EPA. Along with protection of water quality and restoration of wildlife habitat the partnership also works to protect swimming beaches and shellfish fisheries.