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.