The Cape Neddick River Association is dedicated to restoring the Cape
Neddick River and Beach to a state of good health and vitality.
On November 4, please vote
In the past few years,
water quality testing at ALL of York's beaches has periodically
shown dangerously high levels of fecal bacteria. This problem is
due at least in part to failed septic systems, and we must take
action before the beaches are regularly closed and our town
gains a reputation for having polluted beaches!
Get the real facts!
We don't know why the National
Association of Realtors is spending tens of thousands of dollars
trying to buy our local election. We've asked reputable brokers
here in York, and -- whether we're talking about roofs,
foundations or septic systems -- they recommend inspections
because inspections protect the buyer, prevent surprises after
the sale, and keep both parties out of the court system.
We meet the second Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Town of York Senior Center,
36 Main Street York, Maine.
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In the news
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
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
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
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.
The science behind our concerns
Lawns to Lobsters
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
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
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.