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Goals: Casco Bay Estuary Partnership was formed in 1990 with the designation of Casco Bay as an “estuary of national significance” by the U.S. EPA. CBEP’s mission is to protect and restore the water quality and habitats in Casco Bay and its watershed while sustaining compatible human uses.
A five year planning process to develop a comprehensive conservation and management plan for the Bay was completed in 1996. The five priority issues for CBEP include: 1) mitigation of stormwater and CSO pollution; 2) reduction of toxic pollution; 3) conservation of habitat; 4) protection of shellfish beds and swimming beaches; and 5) promotion of stewardship of the Bay. CBEP is a partnership of local, state, federal, private and non-profit entities. In addition, CBEP is working on a new climate change initiative and continues to conduct long-term monitoring of the Bay.
Resources: Please see CBEP’s web site under ‘Resources’ for a variety of study reports, maps and fact sheets. Additional resources are available through the CBEP office. Contact Beverly Bayley-Smith for more information.
Region: Casco Bay
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