Who We Are
Founded in 1999, the New Meadows Watershed Partnership (NMWP) is a coalition of citizens, nonprofit organizations, and municipal, state, and federal officials concerned with the health of the New Meadows River. Our mission is to protect, improve and maintain the vitality of the ecological and economic resources of the New Meadows River and its watershed.
The NMWP’s work is guided by a steering committee comprised of representatives from the watershed’s five municipalities: Bath, Brunsiwck, Harpswell, Phippsburg, and West Bath. We meet every two months to examine shared interests and concerns and to advance the work of the Partnership.
Impetus for founding the NMWP came from two events. The first was a massive fish die-off in 1991, caused by low oxygen levels due to over-enrichment of nutrients in the river (see picture, right). The second was the proposed expansion of Brunswick’s Coastal Protection Zone to the town’s portion of the New Meadows watershed, which would limit septic systems and other sources of nutrient pollution. In order to expand the Zone to the New Meadows, data on water quality in the River was needed -- and the NMWP was charged with gathering this data.
The NMWP has assessed water quality in the watershed, worked to remediate shellfish harvesting areas, researched nonpoint source pollution sites, and conducted extensive public outreach. A hallmark of our efforts was drafting the New Meadows Watershed Management Plan in 2004. Developed with significant input from area stakeholders, the Plan describes a comprehensive approach to protecting the water quality of the New Meadows River. It is complemented by a targeted Action Plan, updated in 2008.
Steering Committee - Fall 2016 Update - subject to further revision
Curtis Bohlen, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
Craig Chapin, Phippsburg
Darcie Couture, Tidelands Coalition
Matt Craig, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
Daniel Devereaux, Brunswick
Michael Feldman, Brunswick
Ivy Frignoca, Casco Baykeeper
Kurt Garascia, Brunswick
Adam Garland, West Bath
Ruth Indrick, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
Peter Milholland, Friends of Casco Bay
Mary Ann Nahf, Harpswell
Amanda Shearin, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Heather True, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District
Angela Twitchell, Brunswick Topsham Land Trust
Steve Walker, Brunswick
Suzan Wilson, Brunswick
To get involved in the New Meadows Watershed Partnership, please contact us!
The mission of the New Meadows Watershed Partnership is to protect, improve and maintain the vitality of the ecological and economic resources of the New Meadows River and its watershed.
The New Meadows Watershed Partnership’s steering committee meets on a bi-monthly basis. Meetings are open to the public and are held at rotating locations throughout the watershed. For information on the next meeting, please contact us.
New Meadows River Watershed Management Plan (2004): our comprehensive strategy for protecting the water quality of the New Meadows watershed
Action Plan (2008): detailed step-by-step guide for implementing the Watershed Management Plan
Strategic Plan (2002): outlines the mission, goals, objectives, and action plans of the NMWP