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Elyse DeFranco


Maine Healthy Beaches Program

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Waldoboro, Maine

Abstract/ Summary

Maine’s watersheds face many challenges from human inputs, with pollution threatening the health of our beaches, rivers, and aquaculture operations. Maine’s rural communities often lack the resources to update aging sewer infrastructure or to adequately maintain septic systems, and these sources of pollution impact watershed health. In addition to addressing sources of pollution, which can be difficult to ascertain and challenging to address when located, bioremediation practices have the potential to aid in clean-up efforts. New technological advances and research discoveries in creative forms of bioremediation are being developed and are producing promising case studies around the world. These new developments offer the potential to protect Maine’s valuable natural resource heritage, tourism economy, and aquaculture operations.


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