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Cape Neddick Watershed

Water District Drinking Water Source

The Cape Neddick River Watershed covers a 10.3 square mile area in York, Maine. It includes Chases Pond, the Cape Neddick River, and many small wetlands, ponds, and tributaries of the river. The watershed includes several large forest blocks and a few small agricultural areas. The majority of development is concentrated along the coastline and is mostly characterized by residences, as well as a few commercial locations, including the Cape Neddick Country Club. There are several areas in the Cape Neddick River Watershed, of high value habitat for rare and endangered species, as well as tidal wading bird and waterfowl habitat. The main stem of the Cape Neddick River is approximately four miles long, and descends 154 feet of elevation from its headwaters on the forested slopes of Mt. Agamenticus, to its mouth at Cape Neddick Harbor. A dam floods the upper portion of the river, forming Chases Pond, which is the reservoir for the York Water District. The York Sewer District’s treatment plant outfall is in the tidal portion of the river, near its mouth.

Water quality, particularly fecal coliform, has been a continuing problem and has impacted recreational activities and shellfish harvesting in the lower and tidal portions. The problems appear unrelated to the treatment plant outfall. Loss of riparian buffers and increasing development could be contributing factors. The Shore Road Bridge collapsed in the Mother Day Storm of 2006 and is being rebuilt.
Ongoing Projects:
• Collapse of the Cape Neddick Bridge in the Mother’s Day storm of 2006.
• Cape Neddick water quality monitoring
Key Resource(s) for Cape Neddick Watershed:
(Click the Title of the entry below to learn more.)
York Land Trust Inc.
Community Assistance Providers
Conserves and protects lands of ecological, historic, scenic, agricultural and educational significance in the greater York area.
York Rivers Association
Community Assistance Providers
A group of citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state and federal agencies working together to protect and restore the rivers of York.
Cape Neddick River Watershed Conservation Strategy
Outreach Publications

Compilation of watershed- based information.

Towns located in Watershed:
York [ME]
Counties located in Watershed:
York [ME]
 Website: www.co.york.me.us
 Phone: 207-324-1571
 Population SWIM Towns: 121,400
 Total County Population: 202,232 (U.S. Census Est. 2006)
 Area SWIM Towns: 645.3 square miles
 Total County Area: 1002.6 square miles
Waterbodies located in Watershed:
(WC-watercourse, WB-waterbody)

Carolyn, Lake [WB]; Chases Pond [WB]; Phillips Pond [WB]; Rush Swamp Brook [WC]; Welchs Pond [WB]

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells, Maine Copyright 2006 All rights reserved. Collaboration with NOAA CSC, Charleston SC