Friends of Casco Bay receives grant from Quimby foundation

Posted Sept. 02, 2011, at 1:27 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The group Friends of Casco Bay has received a grant for $15,000 from the Quimby Family Foundation to support the Casco Baykeeper program.

The grant coincides with the program’s 20th anniversary.

“The Quimby Family Foundation has a long history of protecting significant areas of wilderness area in Maine,” said Will Everitt, development director for Friends of Casco Bay. “Maine’s coastal waters are our largest tract of undeveloped wilderness, and we’re appreciative of the foundation’s support of work to protect Casco Bay.”

Friends of Casco Bay seeks to protect all species and industries that depend on a clean Casco Bay by protecting water quality.

Portland native Joe Payne has held the title of Casco Baykeeper since 1991. Baykeeping is the heart of Friends of Casco Bay’s work and it includes protecting existing environmental laws, winning new protections for coastal waters and responding to unexpected threats and residents’ concerns about the bay.

A Baykeeper boat is used to investigate pollution problems and monitor coastal waters year-round. That vessel and dozens of volunteer stewards support a team of scientific investigators who collect data on the environmental health of the bay. The data is the foundation for Friends of Casco Bay’s advocacy and educational outreach to prevent pollution.

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