The Forecaster: Experts worry about nitrogen in Yarmouth’s Royal River

By Jocelyn Van Saun on April 3, 2018


Environmentalists say excess nitrogen in the Royal River – deemed “impaired” by the Department of Environmental Protection – is a cause for concern.

The Royal River Conservation Trust and Royal River Alliance on March 26 hosted a panel discussion on the river’s water quality. On hand to present data were representatives from the DEP, University of Maine, Friends of Casco Bay and Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.

According to the trust’s executive director, Alan Stearns, 12 towns in Maine have a piece of the river’s watershed from Auburn to Casco Bay.

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The Forecaster: Yarmouth trust hits funding goal for Royal River shoreline purchase

By Jocelyn Van Saun

YARMOUTH — Last year was big for the Royal River Conservation Trust.

Highlights included a 50-acre acquisition at Runaround Pond in Durham, a 427-acre easement on Waterhouse Farm in New Gloucester, and a 70-acre addition of non-contiguous land with 2 miles of shoreline at Intervale Preserve in New Gloucester.

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Portland Press Herald: Sediment Behind Bridge Street Dam Found to be Fairly Clean

By Kevin Miller

An environmental analysis of sediments behind Yarmouth’s Bridge Street Dam found a few spots of lower-level contamination but largely gave the stretch of Royal River a clean bill of health despite its industrial past.

The Nature Conservancy hired a firm several years ago to test samples on the Royal River at a time when town residents and organizations were debating whether to remove or bypass the lower dam. While Yarmouth officials have since shelved those discussions – at least at the town level – The Nature Conservancy went forward with the testing.

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