September 25, 2017

About Us

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Dodge Point, (Photo by Tom Arter)

Who are we?

Maine Rivers, begun in 1998 as a project of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, became an independent organization in the spring of 2003. Our mission is to protect, restore and enhance the health and vitality of Maine’s rivers.

Why does Maine Rivers exist?


Since the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, the health of Maine’s Rivers has improved dramatically. But there are still serious threats to our rivers – from the toxins that wash in with every rain storm, to the pollution discharged by paper mills, to water withdrawals by farmers and ski resorts.

So we organized to bring our voices together and become more effective, to find better ways to safeguard Maine’s countless miles of remarkable rivers. We’ll accomplish more by unifying our voices.

How are we doing our work?

In 2015 the Maine Rivers Board of Directors and staff began a strategic planning process to look back on our accomplishments and look ahead to plan to plan for current and future challenges. Here’s how we are working to meet our mission:

Maine Rivers 2016-2018 Strategic Plan

As part of our Strategic Planning we asked for your input with a survey. Here’s what we heard:

Maine Rivers Survey Results