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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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.

   Ongoing projects:


  • We are coordinating with 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. The plan will be used as a model for the investigation of pollution sources within each subwatershed of  Cape Neddick. It will provide no cost septic inspections to every homeowner, installation of vegetative buffers in denuded runoff areas, installation of filtering catch basins ito prevent pollution from getting into the river, and educating homeowners on proper pet waste disposal.


  • Here is the link to the most recent water quality testing done by the researchers from the Jackson Estuarine Lab at UNH. You will see the geometric mean for each site, how many samples were taken at each site, and how many exceeded the limit of 104 for safe water recreation.                2014 Cape NeddickTesting                                  



  • 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.


November 17, 2014

The author paints efforts by the Town of York and CNRA is a positive light and describes issues and efforts in other nearby communities.


Read more on seacoastonline.com.

March 13, 2014

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.



March 3, 2014

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.


Read more on seacoastonline.com.

February 5, 2014


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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March 14, 2012

Participants at the the Cape Neddick River Association's March 7 meeting were given an update on the Town of York's $34,700 water quality restoration study and learned that the Town may be eligible for an EPA grant to help with cleanup.


Read more on seacoastonline....

October 20, 2011

Community Development Director Steve Burns describes the Town's efforts to enforce septic pumping regulations and a $34,700 water quality restoration study approved by the Board of Selectmen. Linda Scotland introduces the upcoming "Lawns for Lobsters" program.



September 28, 2011

"The Cape Neddick River Association sponsored the International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 17 at Cape Neddick Beach. The cleanup is held every year in the fall and is the largest event of its kind — volunteers clean rivers, streams and beaches all over the world. More th...

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