Author Archives: Maine Lakes Society

Every Day is Earth Day

From Tom Gordon, Executive Director at Maine Association of Conservations Districts and a member of the board of the Maine Lakes Society.  Forty five years ago today, I was co-chair of the Colby Environmental Council, putting on teach-ins and outdoor … Continue reading

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Talking Points for LD 40 and LD 713

Maine lakes are a resource of inestimable value: Maine’s great ponds produce $3.5 billion in spending every year; supply drinking water to half our population; provide employment for over 52,000 Mainers, pay for essential municipal services through property tax revenues, … Continue reading

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The Myth of Environmental Protection

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 … Continue reading

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A LakeSmart Story

Questions out of the Blue  Stephanie Turner called our office from San Diego last spring with questions about plants and lakes and soil and birds and rules and contractors and nurserymen. Forty emails, countless calls and two months later, this determined … Continue reading

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