Multimedia project shares stories of Mainers who work, play on Casco Bay

By Beth Brogan for Bangor Daily News

From teachers in a oneroom schoolhouse on Cliff Island to an alewife harvester at Nequasset Dam, Casco Bay provides a spectacular home to many Mainers who live, play and work along the coast.

Working to ensure that the bay endures for generations to come, the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership this summer resolved to “reach people on a more emotional level” and remind them of the importance of a clean bay.

Funded by a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the partnership this summer launched Casco Bay Stories, a series of multimedia stories, photos and videos sharing the lives of people who work and play in and around Casco Bay.

The idea behind the project was to engage the community and share the knowledge of how people interact with Casco Bay, according to writer and producer Galen Koch.

“By asking questions about what people care about and by displaying the stories, hopefully we’re getting across the message that it’s important to have a clean bay, in a different way,” said Julia McLeod, former communications director for the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.

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