News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Compass, July 24, 2014
Ten-year study reveals changes in Blue Hill Bay

Dr. Susan Shaw of MERI

Dr. Susan Shaw, executive director of the Maine Environmental Research Institute, and her co-workers monitor the movements of seal populations in Blue Hill Bay, Maine.

Photo courtesy of Veronica Young/MERI

On Tuesday, July 29, at 6 p.m., Dr. Susan Shaw, Director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute, will present “The State of Blue Hill Bay: A Ten Year Window On A Changing Ecosystem” at the Friends of Blue Hill Bay Annual Meeting at Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club. The lecture is free, and open to the public, according to a news release from MERI.

In her talk, Shaw will reveal the major findings of a 10-year monitoring effort to understand conditions in the bay and ensure its future health. Like other coastal areas, Blue Hill Bay is undergoing changes over time. The impacts of climate change, plastic pollution and chemical contamination are increasingly of concern. A decade of monitoring has produced a dataset showing important trends that will help the community address existing and emerging issues that need attention; the release states.

KYC is located at 44 KYC Lane off East Blue Hill Road, 1.4 miles from the Route 172 intersection. For more information about this lecture, the summer lecture series or research programs, visit, email or call 374-2135.