In the year ahead, we will be working with our partners to battle further against invasive species, add more marshlands to the 3100 acres already protected, and continue to track the sources of pollutants that imperil the health of the marsh.
We invite you to join us as a Friend of Scarborough Marsh. To make your gift, download our form and mail a check, or go to Network for Good to contribute securely online now. Thank you.
Water Quality Studies Show More Protection Efforts Needed
The Friends of the Scarborough Marsh recently extended an invitation to the Town to work collaboratively on improving and protecting water quality in the Scarborough Marsh. (see letter)
A report released in July 2013 by the National Resources Defense Council showing that in 2012 Scarborough’s Ferry Beach tied for 5th place (out of 60) in Maine’s most contaminated beaches. Also at about that time, FOSM partnered with the University of New England to collect and analyze data gathered at the Mill Brook area of the marsh. (see study)
The study found water quality to be good overall, with one major exception: coliform bacteria rated as poor at all four sampling sites during almost every month of the study period. High coliform bacteria levels are the primary reason for closing clam flats.
In light of our results and the recent water quality study, we need to act in a collaborative fashion to restore and protect water quality in the Scarborough Marsh. FOSM is dedicated to participating in and where appropriate facilitating this collaboration. >>MORE
Another Successful Clean Up, With Many Participants!
Many families, groups, clubs, and individuals gathered to help clean up our beaches, the marsh, and ready the nature center winter. In addition, we held a food drive, in partnership with Project GRACE. Thank you, all!
Seeking a Few Good Friends
We are currently looking for new board members who are passionate about accomplishing our mission and are willing to commit time for board meetings, committee meetings and special events. >>MORE
Expanding Habitat for Endangered Cottontail Rabbits
Who wouldn’t like to see a few more cottontail rabbits hopping around Scarborough Marsh? Shrubland habitat along the Eastern Trail recently has been expanded for the endangered animal. >>MORE
An Invader in the Marsh! Friends & Partners Fight Back!
An intruder is invading and wreaking havoc upon the 3,100-acre Scarborough Marsh, the largest salt marsh in Maine. State officials, regional experts and local marsh supporters are fighting back. >>MORE
They Called It Owascoag – Website Showcases the Marsh’s Past
Check out the new website put together by Maine Memory Network, the Scarborough Historical Society, Scarborough Public Library and others! (scarborough.mainememory.net) Images from Scarborough’s past include views of the Marsh through the seasons as well as through the ages, showcasing the Marsh’s role as a resource to people as well as the natural ecosystem. >>MORE
Focusing on Wildlife as Important Indicators of Ecological Integrity
BioDiversity Research Institute is a non-profit ecological research group based in Gorham. Dedicated to progressive environmental study and education to further global sustainability and conservation policies, they recently released two new reports focusing on contaminants, mercury, and saltmarsh sparrows. Links to these reports may be found in our online library of reports. >> LEARN MORE
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