Dave and Sue Gay are summer residents on Long Pond in central Maine. As trained LakeSmart volunteers, the Gays help the Belgrade Lakes Association (BLA) protect the lakes by showing neighbors and friends how to prevent pollution with LakeSmart. Despite their relaxed pose in the accompanying photo; these active volunteers are largely responsible for BLA’s outstanding LakeSmart success. To date, the association has taken expert knowledge and provided personalized recommendations for lake protection to 495 shorefront residents and distributed 177 LakeSmart Awards and 298 Commendations, an achievement unmatched in Maine.
If you ask the Gays why they donate their time they’ll tell you that a LakeSmart visit from volunteer Michael Bernstein opened their eyes to what was happening on their property. “We were looking, but we didn’t see,” Dave says; “We didn’t know what we didn’t know.” Sue chimes in, “That visit touched us. We obviously wanted to preserve the lake for our family and our future, but we also realized that LakeSmart was something that would make a difference, something with meaning and purpose.”
Beyond having a deep connection to the woods and water, both Sue and Dave like to meet new people and make connections. Sue’s advice, “Get involved. Don’t be afraid. It’s simple. It’s easy. You can do it.”
A longer article about David and Susan Gay’s contributions to protecting the health of Belgrade region lakes will appear in the next Belgrade Lake Association newsletter.
Information about LakeSmart is available at wwwmainelakessociety.org For hosting information, call Maggie Shannon at 207-495-2301. Introductory video: http://mainelakessociety.org/lakesmart-2/lakesmart-video-2/