Water quality in the Damariscotta River Estuary
November 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pmFree
What do we know about the state of the estuary?
The Damariscotta River estuary is the backbone of our local economy. It offers incredible recreational opportunities and supports diverse and abundant wildlife. This invaluable resource is monitored on a regular, on-going basis by Coastal Rivers through a citizen-science water monitoring project.
In the workshop you’ll hear from Sarah Gladu, Director of Education and Citizen Science, and Kathleen Thornton, Research Technician at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. They will discuss estuarine conditions and share observations made from their analysis of Coastal River’s water quality data. Integrating data from the Maine Coastal Observing Alliance, a regional water quality monitoring group, they will take a look at our estuary in a broader regional perspective.
Topics discussed will include coastal acidification and the impact of nutrients such as nitrogen, which can drive changes in pH. Coastal acidification occurs when pH declines, and this can have a negative impact on oysters, lobsters and many other creatures that live in the estuary.
Sarah and Kathleen will also discuss meaningful things property owners and municipalities can do to protect local water quality. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, share observations, and join the discussion.
How to register
This event is free of charge, thanks to member support. Please sign up using the form below. A link will be sent to you with instructions for joining the program on November 12.