Guiding Documents

New Meadows Farm

New Meadows River Watershed Management Plan (2004): Developed through an extensive stakeholder involvement process, the Watershed Management Plan is the guiding document for NMWP’s work.  It sets forth a comprehensive approach for protecting the water quality of the New Meadows watershed.

Action Plan (2008): Contains prioritized action items for each of the NMWP's objectives.

Bylaws (2009): NMWP's organizational bylaws.

Strategic Plan (2002): Outlines the mission, goals, objectives, and action plan of the NMWP.

Recent Reports

New Meadows Community Survey: Summary of Findings (2010): The New Meadows ecosystem exhibits signs of impaired function associated with the tidal restriction at State Rd., including diminished water quality, habitat loss, and expansion of invasive species.  In 2009, the NMWP conducted a community survey to gauge resident sentiment about restoring tidal flow between the New Meadows Lake and River.  This document presents findings from that survey.

Measurement of Sediment Oxygen Demand (SOD) in Upper New Meadows River and Quahog Bay Estuarine Areas, Maine (2008): Report prepared by US EPA’s Office of Environmental Measurement and Evaluation to assess the sediment oxygen demand (SOD) in the New Meadows Rivers and Quahog Bay.

Model Analysis of Expected Plant Communities Response to Potential Tidal Restoration Conditions (2007): This study, prepared by Woodlot Alternatives, used a spatial restoration model to examine expected plant communities’ response to tidal restoration in the New Meadows Lake.

New Meadows Lake Tidal Restoration Feasibility Study (2006): This study by Woodlot Alternatives develops and evaluates restoration alternatives for improving water quality and enhancing intertidal and salt marsh habitat in the New Meadows Lake.


Past Reports

New Meadows Nutrient Flux Study (2004): prepared by Peter Milholland, Friends of Casco Bay, for Maine State Planning Office Shore Stewards Program

Water Quality Trends in the Lower Lake (2003): Bowdoin College student Deborah Schaeffer prepared this report, which analyzes water quality data gathered from the “deep hole” in order to assess seasonal effects over the years and the possibility of eutrophic conditions

New Meadows River Lower Watershed Survey Report (2003): by NMWP, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.  This report completes the survey of nonpoint sources of pollution in the watershed, begun by the Upper Watershed Survey (see below).

The Effect of Tidal Flow Restoration on the Center Transect of the Intertidal Mudflats at Dingley Island (2003): by students in the Bowdoin College Department of Geology

The Effect of Tidal Flow Restoration on Suspended Sediments at Dingley Island (2003): by students in the Bowdoin College Department of Geology

The Story of the Dingley Island Causeway Bridge Project (2003): by Elsa Martz

State of the New Meadows River (2002): a comprehensive, point-in-time assessment of the environmental and resource status of the New Meadows River and its watershed.  The report, prepared by MER Assessment Corporation, contains a wide range of information, from water quality data to population demographics and current land use within the watershed.

Upper Watershed and Shoreline Survey Report (2001): prepared by MER Assessment Corporation to identify existing and potential sources of pollution

Dingley Island Sedimentation Assessment (2001): prepared by Duke Engineering & Services, Inc. for the Maine Corporate Wetland Restoration Partnership

Dingley Island Shellfish Study (2001): prepared by Duke Engineering & Services, Inc. for the Maine Corporate Wetland Restoration Partnership