Acadia National Park scientists and resource managers have been studying the water quality of the park’s lakes and streams since the early 1980s. Since 2006, water monitoring has been conducted using a protocol developed for the Northeast Temperate Network- one of 32 multi-park networks comprising the National Park Service inventory and Monitoring Program. Coupled with the findings of the many academic and interagency water related research projects conducted at the park, data from these long-term monitoring efforts provide critical baseline information on the chemical and physical status of park water resources.
University of Maine Climate Change Institute is an interdisciplinary research unit organized to conduct research and graduate education focused on variability of Earth's climate, ecosystems, and other environmental systems and on the interaction between humans and the natural environment. The Institute provides expertise on climate-related matters to the people and governments of Maine, the Nation, and beyond. To learn more click here.
Friends of Acadia is a non-profit based in Bar Harbor, Maine. Their mission reads, "Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations." The organization has recently launched “Wild Acadia”, a set of restoration, outreach, and research initiatives, including the buoy project, that will help to ensure the park is protected for generations to come. To learn more about the Wild Acadia Project, visit the Friends of Acadia website, click here.
Canon U.S.A. has had an enormous impact on what we have been able to achieve in the park in the past years. As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Canon has a "Clean Earth Campaign", which began in 1990. This campaign is driven by the company's corporate philosophy Kyosei, which means "living and working together for the common good." Canon believes that they have a responsibility to contribute to the welfare of the communities they serve. By partnering with Friends of Acadia in 2013, Canon became the lead sponsor of Wild Acadia. To read a press release on the project funding click here.