Coastal Water Quality
An important purpose of the Coastal Program is to protect and improve coastal water quality. Our work focuses on how our use of the land and water affects water quality, and how we can best reduce any harmful impacts.
We support the following programs:
- Maine Clean Boatyards and Marinas: a collaborative partnership among industry, state and federal agencies, and environmental organizations dedicated to promoting best management practices in boatyards and marinas. For more information, please contact Matt Nixon (207-287-1491; Matthew.E.Nixon@maine.gov).
- Water Quality, Phytoplankton, and Horseshoe Crab volunteer monitoring programs: community-based volunteers collect water samples to look for bacteria and toxic phytoplantkton or survey known horseshoe crab spawning sites to assist with state monitoring efforts. For more information, please contact Michele Mason Webber (207-624-6570; Michelle.Mason@maine.gov).
- Maine Healthy Beaches Program
Reports and Resources
From the Keeping Clam Flats Open workshops, January 2012
Presentations from Speakers:
- Municipal Shellfish Programs (PDF) - by Chad Coffin, President, Maine Clammers Association
- A Clammers Perspective (PDF) - by Joe Porada, Chair, Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee
- Impacts of Land use on Clam Flats (PDF) - by LaMarr Clannon, Education Coordinator, Nonpoint Education For Municipal Officials
- The Value of Clamming (PDF), by Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Maine at Machias