Winter 2013 Update from AWWA

By Linda Schier

While most of us are busy with our “real” lives away from the lake this time of year we at the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance are busy with our winter activities and preparing for the upcoming season partnering with the lake associations and community members.

Our “AWWA in the Schools” program is in full swing in both the Wakefield Paul School and Acton Elementary where we are teaching the students about the properties of their well water, investigating watershed science and meeting the various aquatic creatures in our lake neighborhoods.

Erosion control road projects on Abbott Road on Great East, Hawk Road on Wilson and Brackett Road on Lovell are planned for this spring and will add to the significant pollution being prevented from reaching our lakes. The Langley Shores project in the fall of 2012 was a huge success keeping almost 6 tons of sediments out of Great East each year. Thanks to all the folks on the road associations, the York County Soil & Water Conservation District, GELIA and the ME Dept. of Environmental Protection for making these projects possible.

Stayed tuned for announcement of the road and septic socials being planned around the lake for the summer 2013. These entertaining and informative events will be held in neighborhoods around the lake. Come learn what you and your septic system, driveway and camp road have to do with the crystal clear waters of Great East while meeting neighbors and new friends.

Stay connected with the beautiful areas around the lake this winter with AWWA’s updated website and fascinating blog “From the Headwaters.” Join Program Manager Dustin Johnson as he explores the winter wonders in our beautiful lake region at .

As always we welcome your questions, comments, suggestions and/or requests for assistance so please go to our improved, dynamic website for contact information and a treasure trove of interesting information about keeping our lakes clean.

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