In 2019 FOSM worked with partners to develop a strategy and secure funding for implementing the report recommendations. Learn more about fighting Phragmites, and what the results of months of testing have provided us by clicking the file below! Thank you to Normandeau Associates, Inc for helping FOSM with the testing, and pulling of this report. Learn More...
Scarborough Marsh: Focus Areas of Statewide Ecological Significance (Beginning With Habitat)
Tidal marshes form in low-lying coastal areas that are sheltered from strong winds, waves, and currents. Nourished by tidal flows and with rapidly growing grasses, salt marshes form the basis of a highly productive food web. They are complex natural systems which support different plants and animals in a variety of habitats. In addition to nourishing many species of birds, finfish, shellfish, and invertebrates, marshes buffer upland shorelines against erosive actions of open water, protect low-lying uplands and shorelines during storms, and maintain water quality.
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. 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.
Friends of Scarborough Marsh is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our EIN is 01-0534850. Please visit the Foundation Center to view our latest 990 financial forms on file with the IRS.
With thanks to Maine Sea Grant program for this image; please visit their site for more info.
Protection & Restoration Strategy for the Scarborough Marsh Watershed (Prepared for Friends of Scarborough Marsh by Normandeau Associates, Inc. and Terence J. Dewan & Associates. 2002)
The Scarborough Marsh: Historical Impacts, Current Conditions, and Restoration Potential (Maine Audubon. 1999) This is the report that started it all! Shortly after the publication of Maine Audubon's report in 1999, a small group of concerned citizens and representatives from partner groups took the first steps to form the Friends of Scarborough Marsh.
Flooding and Erosion of Maine's Coastal Wetlands (Maine Sea Grant)
REPORTS, UPDATES, STUdies, & MAPS
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