Maine Sea Grant College Program
The MDI Water Quality Coalition has been working with citizens on water quality related projects in Frenchman Bay since 1997. Over the last decade, many issues of concern to the residents and users of the bay have come up. These issues include polluted runoff from paved streets and parking lots, increasing development in the upper reaches of coastal watersheds as well as right on the shoreline, nutrient enrichment of bays, over harvesting of marine resources, shifting of mussel harvesting techniques to aquaculture, building of piers, increasing visitation by cruise ships, contamination of swim areas, declining eelgrass populations, shoreline erosion, and blooms of toxic phytoplankton. We decided it was time to gather a team of community members to traverse the bay, make continuous observations, talk to people on both sides of the bay, and discover what issues emerged as most important to address in the immediate future. This team would serve as Ambassadors of the Bay, able and willing to communicate the concerns of residents and users of the bay, as well as share their observations about the state of the bay: its beauty and its challenges to sustain native flora and fauna while providing for the needs and wants of local people.
Maine Sea Grant College Program, "Ambassadors of the Bay: 2005 Final Report" (2006). Maine Sea Grant Publications. 69.
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