Join the Board

GELIA’s effectiveness in helping to preserve this wonderful lake over the years has resulted from the combination of extraordinary member participation and the creativity and energy of its Board of Directors. As an association we have moved from a routine “property owners club” to a dynamic organization that thinks beyond our own water quality to address the health of the entire watershed (AWWA), interact with local and state governmental agencies (Acton, Wakefield, NH and ME), and take care of the immediate, daily needs of our lake (Lake Hosts, Weed Watchers, Boating Safety, Water Quality, Loon Watch, etc.).

As a result of these activities we are constantly on the lookout for new candidates for our Board of Directors to help improve these programs and/or to replace members whose terms have expired. Do you know anyone at Great East Lake who you feel would be a good candidate? Or are you the candidate? Does that person have the time and the possible skills that would help us do our job?

At this time we are particularly looking for people who have the following experience or interests:

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting
  • Marketing/Media Competence
  • Information Technology
  • General Non-Profit Leadership
  • Experience in Town Politics
  • Environmental Issues
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Fundraising

If you know of someone who might be a good candidate, please let us know. Send us an email at and we will contact you for more information. Thanks for your continuing support of GELIA.

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.