Casco Bay pollution, 1970
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Richard Gosse, a Portland dentist with the U.S. Public Health Service in Portland, wrote to Senator Edmund Muskie, expressing his concern about pollution in the Presumpscot River and the S.D. Warren Paper Co. He enclosed this photo of the pollution, taken March 27, 1970 behind the U.S. Public Health Service Outpatient Clinic. He noted that the Presumpscot River is flowing into Casco Bay with Mackworth Island to the left, just out of the photo. He said some of the debris visible in the photo was due to a heavy rainstorm on March 26, but that much of it is paper company pollution. Gosse expressed concern that the City of Portland did not appear to be taking action about the pollution issue and that the mayor called it a "political issue."