- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The environmental organization, Friends of Casco Bay, is almost finished collecting applications for a new baykeeper to help protect Maine’s Casco Bay.

The South Portland, Maine-based nonprofit organization says the new baykeeper will serve as an advocate and spokesman for the bay. The organization is taking applications until Aug. 31 at 5 p.m.

Longtime Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne retired in January after almost 24 years on the job. The group says its new baykeeper will have a background in environmental or marine science, environmental policy and regulations, or pollution response and abatement.

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