Founded in 1992, Friends of the Presumpscot River is a non-profit organization, supported primarily by membership dues and small donations. Our mission is to protect and improve the water quality, indigenous fisheries, recreational opportunities and natural character of the Presumpscot River. 

Our Accomplishments 

  • Partnered on the removal of Smelt Hill Dam in Falmouth.
  • Defended Article 401 of the Clean Water Act before the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Sought and gained a multi-million dollar fish passage at Cumberland Mills.
  • Gained an agreement leading to fish passage and dam removal at Saccarappa Falls that will restore fish passage and open up five miles of natural habitat.
  • Conducted and Economic Development Study of the Presumpscot River.
  • Conducting Educational programs on the Presumpscot River, rivers and fishery issues.
  • Continued connecting people to the history, ecology and value of the river to it's communities.
  • Obtained reclassification of part of the river from Class B to Class A.
  • Successfully opposed a project that would have created a new 800,000 gal/day point source discharge into the river.
  • Conducted a watershed survey.
  • Assisted the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with sampling, creating a new model for the river.
  • Formed the Presumpscot River Watershed Alliance.
  • Worked with the DEP to develop stricter standards for SAPPI discharge licenses.
  • Partnered with many organizations and initiatives, including Coast Week Cleanup programs, Casco Bay Estuary Project, Greater Portland Council of Governments Watershed Management Plan, Maine Environmental Priorities Project and the Maine River Summit.

Our Supporters 

We are also very grateful to the foundations and major donors that have offered tremendous support to our organization over the past 25 years. Our work could not be completed without them.

Among our many donors are the following individuals and organizations that have offered critical support: 

  • Sewall Foundtion
  • Quimby Family Foundation
  • Davis Family Fund
  • New England Grassroots Environmental Fund
  • Patagonia
  • Marylee and Charles Dodge
  • French Foundation
  • Haymarket Peoples Fund
  • Maine Community Fund
  • Orchard Foundation
  • Rines Thompson Fund
  • Sweetwater Trust
  • Singing for Change
  • The Cricket Foundation
“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 Mitchell