Contact your Maine Legislators

EPA’s Nonpoint Source News-Notes, Issue #87 (June 2009)NPS News-Notes Issue #87 is now online at The newsletter’s cover page includes links to each section, article, and announcement.
For previous issues of News-Notes, see

To phone your Maine legislators – Leave the briefest of messages and leave your number for a call-back:
Maine House of Representatives: 1-800-423-2900
Maine Senate 1-800-423-6900

To e-mail your Representative:
1. Using your Internet browser, go to <>
2. Locate your Representative on the alphabetical listing
3. Click on the Representative’s e-mail link. This will create a new e-mail message for you to fill out and send.

To e-mail your Senator:
1. Using your Internet browser, go to <>
2. Scroll down to find and click on “Senator E-mail” link.
3. Locate your Senator on the alphabetical listing.
4. Click on the Senator’s e-mail link. This will create a new e-mail message for you to fill out and send.

A word about content…
1. Identify yourself by name and tell where you live; make it clear you are a constituent
2. If an organization membership or job title is related to the subject, include that as part of your self-identification
3. Identify the legislative bill or administrative proposal and state clearly whether you support or oppose it.
4. Be polite and concise. Focus on one or two talking points. Use local examples if you can.
5. Ask the legislator for specific action (e.g. to give full consideration to voting for/against legislation).
6. Close by thanking the legislator for his or her time and consideration.

M. S. Shannon
Maine Congress of Lake Associations

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.