Maine Lakes Society is a membership organization with a mission to promote, protect and enhance lake water quality, and to preserve the ecological, economic, recreational, and aesthetic benefits of Maine’s lakes. We support our member lake associations with their local efforts, and engage our individual members in outreach, education and action. Read more about our mission, vision and core values.
We invite you to attend our 49th annual Maine Lakes Conference at UMF on Saturday, June 22nd. We have an exciting slate of speakers who will be covering topics from septic systems to algae to outreach and communications. Learn more about how to protect your lake, become a lake activist, and monitor lakes and algal blooms with new technology. View the full program, or FMI click here.
We want to recognize individuals and associations whose outstanding contributions advance lake protection in Maine. Finalists will be invited to the Maine Lakes Society’s Reception on June 21 and this year’s winners will be announced at the Maine Lakes Conference on June 22, both at the University of Maine at Farmington.
We are looking for nominations for both the Lake Steward of the Year and the Lake or Watershed Association of the Year. Who works hard for Maine lakes, inspires others to get involved, or has sustained meaningful lake conservation programs?
LakeSmart: Our Time For Action
Like the slow approach of twilight, lake declines are hard to see coming. But, as lakers in the know, you and I didn’t need the 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA 2018) to tell us that growing danger is fast approaching places that we love. The NCA’s stark warning – especially for the Northeast – tells us delay is a luxury we can’t afford. It’s time to act.
NCA 2018 said “… the Northeast is projected to be more than 3.6 degrees F warmer … the largest increase in the contiguous United States” by 2035. (See page 5 for more information regarding this report.) Among expected outcomes are longer stretches of drought punctuated by downpours during open water season – a bad prescription for lake health. Adding that alpine, freshwater aquatic and certain forest habitats (such as Maine’s spruce and fir) are most at risk, NCA 2018 emphasized that “increasing demands upon these ecosystems to support human use and development” intensify the threat.
A clearer call to action is hard to imagine, but when the very character of our whole region is at stake, choosing which path to follow may seem hard. We, at Maine Lakes Society, as well as many lake practitioners and leaders recommend adopting LakeSmart because its triple-bottom line is precisely what’s needed in our time and place: stable and improved water quality; healthier wildlife habitat on land and water; and a brake against climate change itself. It’s likely this remedy applies to most folks reading this article, since most of us live or recreate in developing lake watersheds.
If your association hasn’t joined LakeSmart, we urge you to do it now while we still have a fighting chance to shield our lakes. For free training and materials, call Drew Morris at 207-495-2301 and ask to get connected to the LakeSmart, or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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