Casco Bay Stories are place-based narratives aimed at fostering greater appreciation for the diversity of human connections to the Bay.
Casco Bay Stories is a project of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) and focused on engaging multimedia stories that illustrate what makes Casco Bay special, how it has changed over time, and how it has shaped our lives.
In 2014, multimedia producer Galen Koch produced a series of stories for the CBEP, which became the Casco Bay Stories project. In the spring of 2015, senior students in the USM Communications and Media Studies program selected CBEP as a partner for their capstone project. The students worked in small teams to produce documentary films for local non-profits. And in 2016, the Waterfront Alliance hired Galen Koch to produce a series of twelve short form visual and audio stories focused on Portland’s working harbor and its value to the region’s economy, environment, and sustainable future.
The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership is devoted to protecting and restoring the water quality and fish and wildlife habitat of the Casco Bay ecosystem, while ensuring compatible human uses.
In 1990, Casco Bay was designated an “estuary of national significance” and included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, which was established in 1987 under the Clean Water Act to protect nationally significant estuaries threatened by pollution, development or overuse. As a result of this designation, the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership was formed.
The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, one of 28 National Estuary Programs nationwide, is a collaborative effort of people and organizations interested in protecting and restoring the Bay. Our partners include local, state and federal government organizations; non-profits; local businesses; citizens; universities and more. We work as a catalyst for action with the goal of keeping Casco Bay and our nearly 1,000 square miles of watershed clean and healthy.
Through focused and collaborative work, we have a greater impact than would be possible if we were acting separately. We offer a foundation of credible information and strategic oversight. We build consensus, facilitate communications and attract support for protection of the Bay. The Casco Bay Plan guides the work of Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.
The Plan identifies four goals: Protect, restore and enhance key habitats; Reduce nutrient pollution and its impacts; Foster resilient communities; Mobilize collective knowledge and resources.
Our activities benefit those that live, work and play on the Bay, appreciate its natural beauty, and reap its economic benefits.
The Wharfside series was jointly funded by the Waterfront Alliance and CBEP.
All other stories were funded by CBEP, under cooperative agreement with USEPA.