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York warrant article calls for bacteria expert

The Cape Neddick River Association is writing a warrant article for the May ballot and getting out the word to promote funding for a $63,000 proposal to hire an expert to daily test bacteria levels not only at Cape Neddick Beach, but at three of York's beaches.

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Meeting to focus on high bacteria at beaches

Everyone who likes to swim at the beach is invited to a public meeting to discuss methods of predicting when bacteria levels are too high for safe swimming, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the Senior Center in York.

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Residents weigh in on river cleanup

FB Environmental Associates of Portland is expected to release the results of public recommendations for cleaning up the Cape Neddick River within the next two weeks, according to Emily DiFranco, a project manager and water quality specialist for the company.

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What we're working on

May 17, 2014 voter referendum: Support water quality testing at all York beaches to ensure that advisories are posted when bacteria counts are dangerous for swimming.


  • We are coordinating with FB Environmental and the Town of York on an action plan to clean up the Cape Neddick River and Beach. This includes applying for a 319 grant through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

  • We are also working at the town leval on instituting new ordinances for protecting vegetative buffers along waterways, strengthening fertilizer and pesticide rules, and mandating home septic system inspections at the time of sale.

  • Education is a critical component of our work. We are partnering with teachers at the York school system to enlighten our youth about ways they can help ensure clean water for generations to come. Helping landowners understand ways they can reduce their influence on the Cape Neddick watershed and educating pet owners about the effect of pet waste are vital education goals.

  • A CNRA subcommittee is addressing a variety of issues at the Cape Neddick Beach. These include educating the public regarding dog waste, revamping parking, and installing a port-a-potty.

  • We are continually seeking volunteers and experts to assist in these efforts.

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Lawns to Lobsters

In 2009, the Kennebunkport Conservation Commission, in partnership with the University of New England, the Maine Lobstermen's Association and others, developed the Lawns for Lobsters program, which has begun to spread all over the state of Maine. Visit Lawns2Lobsters.org to learn about the program in the Yorks, including Cape Neddick.

About the Cape Neddick River

The Cape Neddick River Watershed encompasses 6,660 acres, all of which lies in the town of York. Chase's Pond, at the headwaters, serves as a drinking supply for the York Water District, and has been designated a NPS Priority lake by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP). Within the watershed, over 1,700 acres are presently protected. The land use, according to ME DEP, is considered light to moderate commercial-industrial and moderate residential. Most of the commercial/industrial development is along the Route 1 corridor.

The tidal portion of the Cape Neddick watershed stretches ~730 meters from the Atlantic Ocean in the Cape Neddick Harbor up to Rt. 1. The maximum depth is 9.8 meters with a flushing time of 17 hours and an annual watershed runoff volume of 15.6 x 106 m3. There are approximately 12 commercial fishing boats and approximately 30 pleasure craft moored in the harbor.

None of the watershed is served by sewer service. The York wastewater treatment facility for the Town of York discharges into the middle of Cape Neddick Harbor within sight of Cape Neddick Beach, a popular attraction for both local residents and tourists.

The Water’s Journey

The Cape Neddick Watershed is entirely in the Town of York, beginning on the forested slopes of Mt Agamenticus. The main stream and numerous tributaries are dammed to form the two mile long Chase’s Pond. From the dam, the River travels southeast for a short distance, then turns to the northeast after flowing under the Maine Turnpike. It continues in this direction through a forested landscape for about a mile, where it gently bends back to flow southeast, meeting a few small tributaries over the course of its journey. One major tributary from the north converges with the River shortly before it flows under Route 1 where it encounters a more developed landscape while coming under the influence of the tides. The tidal portion then gradually widens until its flow is restricted by the bridge crossing on Shore Road, after which it again widens and empties into the Gulf of Maine between Weare Point and Cape Neddick.