Photo credit: “Milfoil Maids in Great Meadow Stream, Rome, Maine. Courtesy BRCA
LD 70, (EMERGENCY) Act to Assist Towns in Eradicating Milfoil and Other Invasive Aquatic Plants and Nuisance Species
Sponsored by Representative Kenneth Wade Fredette, House Majority Chair Committee of Reference: Environment and Natural Resources
This bill provides $225,000 to IF&W and $900,000 to DEP for eradication. It needs your support. A few talking points follow. Use them or your own and write to the Committee Clerk of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee email@example.com (Today would be good.) Continue reading
by Tom Gordon
In 1970, there was no DEP, no shoreland zoning, and the Great Ponds Act was generally ignored as people dumped sand in their lakes to create beaches that could not last. Municipal sewage and industrial wastes were pouring into our rivers, streams, and lakes.
Times have changed! For 45 years, as COLA and now the Maine Lakes Society, we have advocated for strong but sensible regulations to protect the water quality and beauty of our lakes. Lakeshore property owners have accepted more stringent land use regulations because we know our lakes are fragile and our land use activities can impact the future of the waters we love. We accept regulation “for the sake of our lakes.” Continue reading
Maine’s freshwater lakes are under serious threat. A 2012 University of Maine study shows the clarity of many Maine lakes has declined as much as 20% since 1995. New evidence from Europe shows climate change is accelerating declines in water quality there.
If we do nothing, Maine’s lakes, long a precious asset to residents and those who visit Maine to enjoy them, could become not only a vanished treasure, but a costly liability. But we can do something to avert lake declines. LakeSmart is Maine Lakes’ answer to the freshwater challenge.
But we can do something! To learn more about Lake Smart, click here. To support LakeSmart with your dollars by donating to the Maine Lakes Society, click here.
LISA BORRE is a lake conservationist and writer who contributes the National Geographic‘s “Water Currents” blog. By permission we quote from work of hers that appeared in that blog: Climate Change Already Having Profound Impacts on Lakes in Europe and Warming Lakes: Barometers of Climate Change?
Global assessment shows 95% of lakes are warming
In 2010, National Geographic News reported on the results of the first comprehensive global study of lake temperature trends. The study — conducted by researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California using satellite data — found that in the last 25 years, the world’s largest lakes have been steadily warming, some by as much as 4°F (2.2°C). In some cases, the trend is twice as fast as the air temperature trend over the same period. Continue reading