Representing a link between Gulf of Maine waters and those draining nearly 8,000 square miles of uplands in Maine and New Hampshire, the Kennebec Estuary is at once a unique assemblage of ecological attributes, a resource of economic, cultural, and social value, and a region of historical significance. The complex interactions among the many components of this system—including those linking people with the environmental goods and services they have historically desired, expected, and needed—have made successful stewardship of the estuary especially challenging.
Commissioned by KELT, this 100 page report was made possible with support by the Merrymeeting Bay Trust and Biological Conservation.
The report was researched and written by Slade Moore of Biological Conservation and Jaret Reblin of Bowdoin College, and completed in 2010.
It is available as PDF files by chapter, or you can purchase a printed and bound copy for $10.00 by contacting KELT.
Table of Contents (PDF 720 KB)
Estuary Chpt. 1 – Overview of the Kennebec Estuary (PDF 2.4 MB)
Estuary Chpt.2 – Water Quality (PDF 2 MB)
Estuary Chpt. 3 – Dominant Plant Communities (PDF 4.4 MB)
Estuary Chpt. 4 – Diadromous Fish (PDF 2.2 MB)
Estuary Chpt. 5 – Toxic Contaminants (PDF 1.7 MB)
Estuary Chpt.6 – Climate Change (PDF 1.4 MB)
Estuary Chpt.7 – Meeting the Challenge (PDF 423 KB)
Glossary of Terms (PDF 182 KB)
Literature Cited (PDF 238 KB)