Abstract: Casco Bay Estuary Partnership is working to protect and restore the Casco Bay ecosystem and watershed while sustaining compatible human uses. The stakeholder-developed "Casco Bay Plan" that guides CBEP's work focuses on five priorities: stormwater, toxics, habitat conservation, shellfish beds and swimming beaches, and stewardship. CBEP monitors numerous indicators of the ... health of the Bay and watershed. A "State of the Bay 2005" report summarizes over a decade of monitoring data for fourteen different indicators including water quality both in the Bay and watershed, impervious surface, combined sewer overflows, shellfish beds, swimming beaches, protected lands, undeveloped lands, waterbirds, eelgrass, sediments, mussels, population, and stewardship.
Waterbody or Watershed Names: Casco Bay
Monitor, compile, and assess data on a suite of indicators of the health of Casco Bay and its watershed. At regular intervals, publish the available data on fourteen different indicators in a "State of the Bay" report. The most recent summary is the "State of the Bay 2005" report.
The estimation techniques described in this paper can serve as a useful and inexpensive first-cut at understanding the importance of the atmospheric as a pollution source, and can help to pinpoint those areas where field measurements are needed to guide future management decisions.