2018-02-02 / Community

Volunteers of Casco Bay recognized at banquet

More than 125 volunteers and supporters of Friends of Casco Bay came to a volunteer appreciation celebration Jan. 23 to recognize those who give their time to monitor the water quality of the bay, clean up shorelines, stencil storm drains, participate in community outreach events and serve on its board.

At the event, 10 Citizen Stewards received recognition for milestones in water quality monitoring. Sarah Lyman, community engagement coordinator for Friends of Casco Bay, recognized each of the honorees and said, “There is so much power and synergy in being able to connect data and connect people.”

Honorees included Rob Sellin and Natalie West of South Portland, who have volunteered for the organization for five years.

Sellin and West spent many years sailing the world before arriving in Maine in 2011 aboard S/V Wilhelm, their 44-foot steel cutter. They settled in South Portland and have been sampling water quality at the pier at Southern Maine Community College since 2012. They sail the coast of Maine every summer, exploring the bays and offshore islands of Maine, often accompanied by their adult children and their grandchildren.

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