Nearly 20 percent of Maine’s population lives in the Casco Bay watershed, and those residents are connected to the Bay directly and indirectly. A dramatic oil spill like the 1996 Julie N spill clearly sends the message that human activity can harm the Bay. Less obvious threats stem from myriad individual actions, such as excessive or improper use of lawn fertilizers and pesticides or washing cars near storm drains. Yet small actions like those can add up to a big pollution problem for coastal waters.
Casco Bay Estuary Partnership. (2011). Promoting Stewardship (Fact Sheet). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.