Public invited to Damariscotta Estuary Marine Science forum July 17

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center, aquaculture industry partners and the Damariscotta River Association invite community members to “Science for the People: Damariscotta Estuary Marine Science Public Forum” at 7 p.m. Monday, July 17 at Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta.

Presenters will provide synopses of research being conducted by the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET). The oceanographic research ranges from nitrogen cycle assessment to water quality monitoring planned for 2017 in the Damariscotta River Estuary.

Sarah Gladu, Damariscotta River Association director of education and environmental monitoring, will talk about observations based on water quality data collected by citizen volunteers over the past several years in the estuary.

Kathleen Thornton, a research specialist at the Darling Marine Center, will present water quality findings based on data from Maine Coastal Observing Alliance, a midcoast alliance of citizen monitoring groups that provides a regional perspective on changing estuarine conditions.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn about the research that is being conducted to better understand a wide variety of conditions and issues that are impacting this estuary and the region as a whole,” Gladu said. “It is an opportunity to make sure that data and research is put to real and meaningful use by this community.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with presenters, ask questions and participate in discussions. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Meggan Dwyer at 745.0834 or