Join the Friends & Support the Restoration of a Vibrant Natural Resource!

It’s not often we’re given a second chance with something as fragile as a river. Let’s keep working on it. After all, the Presumpscot River has worked hard in the service of mankind for hundreds of years. It’s time we returned that favor.
— Senator George J. Mitchell

Since 1992, Friends of the Presumpscot River has served as the primary voice and advocate for our small but mighty river—once known as the most damned river in America. Now the Presumpscot is becoming a great source of community pride and enjoyment, as our dedicated team of volunteers continues ongoing work to restore and protect this vital natural resource. Our efforts have resulted in the following tangible successes:

  • Improved water quality by securing watershed surveys, stricter standards for wastewater discharge licenses and water-quality reclassifications. 
  • Return of migratory fish populations by negotiating multiple agreements to remove dams and build fish passages, including the upcoming restoration project at Saccarappa Falls in Westbrook.
  • Increased public awareness through educational partnerships, media outreach and free community events.

We couldn’t have made it here without the support of our enthusiastic community of Friends! Join us, and let’s keep up the good work for another 25 years. Your contribution will help ensure the Presumpscot River continues to benefit generations to come.

Join us by becoming a donor, member, sponsor or volunteer

DONATE: Your contribution will support legal advocacy, scientific research and our annual event series. Click here for options to make your tax-deductible contribution today. gation buttons click through to a Donors & Members landing page with payment details/options] Many thanks to our dedicated community of supporters, whose generosity and significant contributions over the past 25 years have made our work possible.

VOLUNTEER: Your time and expertise is welcome! Click here for more information on opportunities to engage with our community of Friends and to complete a volunteer interest form.

SPEAKER REQUEST: We often participate in community events. Click here to request a representative from Friends of the Presumpscot River speak or volunteer at your event.

Thank You to our Dedicated Community of Supporters!

The following individuals and organizations listed below have made significant contributions to Friends of the Presumpscot River over the past 25 years. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support. Without it, our work would not have been possible.

Individual Donors:

Bruce & Sandy Cort
Charles & Mary Lee Dodge
Dusti & Ron Faucher
Ronald Kreisman
Michael & Malory Shaughnessy
Tim Stoklosa
Roger Berle
John Branson
Emilia Dahlin & Aaron Frederick
Lynn Dominick
Cyrus Hagge
Andrew & Jean Marie Karazin Jr.
Bill & Louise Townsend
Laura Wildman
Will Plumley & Rebecca Reinhart
William & Judith Smith

Foundations & Organizational Support:

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
French Foundation
Orchard Foundation
Quimby Family Foundation
Rines Thompson Fund, Maine Community Foundation
The Cricket Foundation
The Davis Family Foundation
American Rivers
Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
Singing for Change
Sweet Water Trust
Verrill Dana Attorneys at Law & Sean Mahoney
Beyond Boundaries
Catama Productions
City of Westbrook
Coastal Conservation Association-Maine
Education Foundation of America
Friends of Casco Bay
Haymarket Peoples Fund
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund
Trout Unlimited Sebago Chapter


Becoming a member of the Friends of the Presumpscot links you with a community of people devoted to restoring and protecting the river. Your membership fees will provide critical support to our programming.

Signing up for membership adds you to our mailing list so that you receive updates on social events, river activities and important developments. 

Click Below to Become a Member

We offer four levels of membership: 

  1. Individual -- $20.00
  2. Family -- $40.00
  3. Student -- $10.00
  4. Business -- $100.00  


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We are primarily a volunteer-run organization and rely heavily on members of the community to help us coordinate our events and engage in outreach.

If you are interested please complete the form below. Let us know if there is a certain type of event that you are particularly drawn to or if you have certain skills that might be particularly helpful.

fill out the below form to learn more about volunteering 

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Check any of the following volunteer activities that interest you: