Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
P.O. Box 233, Richmond, Maine 04357

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In Memory of Linwood Rideout
April 16, 1917- June 10, 2007
For many of us, if there was one man who epitomized the essence of Merrymeeting Bay, it was Linwood Rideout, a legend in his own time. We will miss him, a long-time friend of the Bay. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Read more about Linwood here.

Critique of Caged Mussel Monitoring on the Kennebec River: Environmental Significance of Exposure and Effect Measurements in 2000, 2003, 2005 & 2006. Applied Biomonitoring. 2007
Spring 2007 issue of Merrymeeting News
Send a Message to the Governor:

Stop the eel slaughter at hydro-electric dams.
Screen the turbines.
We can have eels and electricity!

Click here to print a letter to the Governor!
(you can either print out, stamp and mail OR save the document on your computer, add your personal info at the bottom, and then copy the text into the body of an email to to the governor at:
Then please click here to let us know that you sent the letter!

To Learn More: Safe passage for the American eel at Kennebec & Andro River dams

Chops Hydropower proposal

We have a new Website!
Come and See

Pleasevisit our Cybrary
... a Cyber-Library in which we collect materials pertinent to Merrymeeting Bay

More information about
Merrymeeting Bay

can be found HERE

(The above link takes you to a Merrymeeting Bay website developed as a cooperative venture between Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and Bowdoin Central School)

Merrymeeting Bay Current Study

Photo: Ed Friedman

Teachers! Our volunteers can bring this BOBCAT, and other local critters, into your classroom!

We have an incredible collection of taxidermy mounts of local critters which are available for teaching purposes.

When not out visiting kids, these critters can be viewed at the Bowdoinham Public Library. Please contact us at (666-3372) for more details.

Speaker Series 2006-2007

Join us for our 10th season in which we cover our usual broad range of topics including the hazards of outdoor wood boilers, the controversy over private holdings of water, Native Americans of the area, archaeology, planting to protect waterways, the American eel, and the ecology of the Gulf of Maine. Click on the above link for the schedule.

Typical events include several paddles around Merrymeeting Bay, a shoreline cleanup, an outing to Swan Island, and a variety of nature walks including mushrooms, mud plants, and geology. Please let us know if there are outings you would like to see us offer.

Photo: Watts Brothers
American Eels:
An Endangered Species?

Visit to find out more.

One earth, one Maine, one voice-- join Maine ECO!

Now you can connect with your legislators and other key decision-makers right from your computer. Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and several environmental groups from across Maine have launched Maine ECO (Environmental Citizens Online). Our technology alerts you when important environmental decisions are being made and converts your email into a personalized message that is faxed or emailed directly to your legislators or other state and federal decision-makers. It's easy to join this great service-- click here to sign up.


Become a Habitat Steward!
The Univesity of Maine's Cooperative Extension Program
offers training in making our communities better places for wildlife.
To become a Habitat Steward
you agree to attend 30 hours of training in wildlife management, home landscaping, native plants, mapping, and site inventory.
After completing your training, you agree to spend some time
sharing the information you've learning with homeowners and community members.
You can also fulfill your volunteer committment by working on educational programs
with a local organization (such as Friends of Merrymeeting Bay).
For more information about the Habitat Stewards program, please visit:




Mission: To preserve, protect, and improve the unique ecosystems of Merrymeeting Bay. We fulfill this mission through education, research, membership activities, and the promotion and stewardship of conservation easements.
Founded: 1975
Board members Click link for list of current Board members
Staff: John Eder
Membership: Approximately 400 members

Become a member today! In a typical year, dues from individual members, like you, account for 30% or more of our annual budget. We can't do it without you.

Click here for a Membership form

The Merrymeeting News Our quarterly newsletter contains a variety of Bay-related information. We use it to keep our members up-to-date on our activities and on the lastest issues to affect the Bay. We also regularly print work by local artists and writers. Check it out!
Geographic area(s) of coverage: Mid-coast Maine riverine delta consisting of the Kennebec, Androscoggin, Cathance, Muddy, Eastern and Abagadasset Rivers and surrounding towns.
By-laws Click link for by-laws



Bay Days: Two days, one in spring, one in fall, on which we invite local 4th graders and homeschooled children to the shores of the Bay for a day of outdoor educational activities. Typical topics include geology, archaeology, ecology, art, invertebrates, fish, watershed modelling, bird walks, and plant & forestry walks. We have developed a Bay-based curriculum guide which uses the Bay as a tool to teach many of the requirements of the Maine Learning Results program. Click here for pictures of Spring Bay Day 2003.

Our School Outreach Program links up local elementary school teachers with volunteers willing to come into their classrooms and share expertise about a variety of Bay-related topics (e.g., ecology, birds, geology, archaeology, local history, botany, wetlands, etc). We also have a program that brings taxidermy mounts of local critters into classrooms around the Bay.

Conservation and Stewardship

We work with individuals from around the Bay to protect conservation land through easements. In our capacity as a land trust, we believe that conservation easements granted by willing landowners are one of the most effective means of protecting the Bay over the long term.

Conservation Accomplishments to Date

Project Status # of Parcels Acres Shoreline (ft.) Shoreline (miles)
Easements 12 425 17,226 3.27
Owned in Fee 1 90 5,300 1
Lead partner in land protected and turned over to state 9 614 25,700 4.87
Total Completed 22 1,131 48,226 9.14
Actively in Process (not included in above tally)
Easements 3 39 4,850 .92
Lead partner in land protected and turned over to state 1 154 11,864 2.25
Total In Process 1 193 16,714 3.17

Research and Advocacy

Water quality We are monitoring a variety of water qualtiy measures, including dissolved oxygen and pH, at 16 sites on Merrymeeting Bay and its tributaries. In the summer of 2005 we piloted a program to add fecal coliform testing to our monitoring program.

Research We are engaged in a number of research projects including a major study of circulation patterns in the Bay, and continued work on using freshwater mussels to test for toxins.

Adovcacy We continue to advocate for local critters such as the American eel. We also work on issues surrounding toxins, sediment, shoreside land use, boat traffic, and fish passage at dams.


Winter/Fall Speaker Series A series of 8 lectures, October - May, covering a variety of Bay-related topics.

Summer Outings We offer a number of opportunities to visit the Bay and to learn more about its ecology and wildlife. We are offering several canoe/kayak tours, a walking trip on Swan Island, a mushroom walk, and a shoreline cleanup.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and depend on memberships, grants, volunteers, and cooperation with other organizations to achieve our goals.

* Member of The Maine Land Trust Network *


Contact Information:

Ed Friedman
42 Stevens Road
Bowdoinham, ME 04008
Phone: 207-666-3372
Fax: 666-8481

Executive Coordinator
John Eder
101 Gray St., Portland, ME 04102
Fax: 666-8481

Updated 7/10/07

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