Boating Safety

As most of you know Great East Lake is not patrolled by either NH or ME safety/enforcement personnel on a continuous basis. Visitations by each state do occur on somewhat unpredictable intervals, but due especially to budgeting and peoplepower considerations most patrols take place on an ―as needed‖ basis—in most cases in response to calls from lake residents. Based on those continuing considerations and many discussions with both agencies, that’s the way it’s going to be for a long while.

So what are you going to do if you see the need to have a boating safety patrol visit the lake? (KEEP IN MIND THAT IN TRUE EMERGENCIES DIALING 911 IS THE PROPER CALL).

MAINE: The Maine Warden Service, a division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, is the agency to call. They are reached at 1-800-452-4664 which is actually Dept. of Public Safety Dispatch in Augusta, Me. An alternate number is 1-800-228-0857 in Gray, ME. Identify yourself and address and ask to have a warden call you.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Call the NH Department Of Safety Marine Patrol in Guilford, NH at 1-603-293-2037. You can relate your request to them but the better move is to ask to have an officer call you.

Note: These telephone numbers are noted on your GELIA refrigerator magnets

Some tips:

  • Identify yourself, say ―this is a call for service‖(note: they may assign a number to your call), ask for a warden or officer to call you back, record the date and time you made the call, and when you received a response
  • If reporting an offending boating operation, record state registration number, pictures of the boat and operator(movies are the best!!), record date and time
  • The more complaints they get the more they’re apt to act
  • A step beyond the simple reporting of an alleged violation–You are entitled to lodge a citizen’s complaint. If you do, keep in mind that you will have to be prepared to appear in court. Also, if anonymity is important to you, when a formal complaint is registered, your name may go out over the airways and local scanners
  • The best results are usually obtained when you talk with an officer and he/she visits the lake to witness the situation personally and to take appropriate action i.e. ―friendly visit‖, warning, issue citation, etc.
  • Although the system works somewhat slowly, I think you’ll find the law enforcement folks helpful and cooperative. They have had results!
About the Watershed Survey

 We are pleased to announce that the Great East Lake 2021 Watershed Report is finished and
available as a PDF link below. Many thanks to Jon Balanoff, the AWWA Executive Director, for
his perseverance in seeing the project through to this point.
We all know that our lake is very clear and clean, but the challenge before us is to keep it that
way for future generations. The survey identified many sites throughout the watershed that
threaten its present condition. Here is a quick summary of the findings:

           -25 sites were identified as having a high impact on water quality
           -97 sites were identified with medium impact
           -101 sites were identified with low impact

Of these 200+ sites, about half of them require no-cost or low-cost remediation. The other half
are more involved, more technically challenging, and will have a greater expense associated with
them. Please keep in mind that AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is available to assist
with remediation projects and property owners need only pay the cost for materials, not labor.

Letters and emails have been sent to all participating members informing them if erosion issues
were found on their property or not. If issues were found, members were provided with details
of the findings and suggested remediation methods.

If you do not receive a letter or email and would like to inquire about findings on your property
you can send your request to either the GELIA Watershed Committee email or the AWWA email
address listed below to request that information. Please provide your name, the property
owner’s name and the property address in your request.

We urge all property owners to read the report as it’s filled with useful information, helpful
remediation options and best practices for all kinds of issues. We also want to stress the
importance of addressing issues promptly should any be identified on your property.
Thank you again to all those who assisted with this survey and thanks to everyone for helping to
keep our lake as clean, clear and beautiful as we possibly can.