Weed Watcher Opportunities

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program is again presenting workshops to help you be a better weed watcher.

The Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop is presented in 4 parts:

  • Overview of invasive species issues in Maine and beyond
  • Plant identification fundamentals
  • Plant identification hands-on exercise with live plants
  • Conducting a screening survey: tools and techniques

This year the York County Workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 3 in Waterboro, ME from 3 to 9PM. Having attended this workshop twice I highly recommend it. All workshop participants receive an “Invasive Plant Patroller’s Handbook” and the Maine Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants.

The Invasive Plant Patrol Field Methods Workshop provides on-lake instruction and practice conducting invasive aquatic plant screening surveys. This workshop will be held Saturday July 28 from 8:30AM to 12:30PM on Little Ossipee Lake in Waterboro, ME. Though primarily for those who have attended the Introductory Workshop others may attend. You will need to supply your own canoe or kayak.

Both workshops are free and you do not have to be a resident or property owner in ME to attend. To register call (207) 783-7733 or email to vlmp@mainevlmp.org indicating which workshop you wish to attend. On line registration is available at www.mainevolunteerlakeminitors.org/workshops. If you do register I would also like to know that you have so that I can keep my list updated.

If you are already a Weed Watcher and plan to continue, please email me and let me know what portion of the lake you are surveying. Or you can stop at the Weed Watcher table at the Annual Meeting to let us know you are still active. My email is dorothypsmith@gmail.com.

You can also contact the other co-chairs Marcia Hodsdon choddy43@gmail.com or Dee Kasprzak deedeekas@metrocast.net.

Thanks to all weed watchers for the terrific job you do in helping to protect our lake from invasive species!

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.

          watershedsurvey@greateastlake.org
          info@AWwatersheds.org

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.