The Maine Lakes Society engages lake users and stakeholders in lakes education and sound stewardship practices, with the recognition that healthy lakes provide a basis for economic prosperity and cultural activity that is intimately tied to the environment. Our work with lake associations and other lake conservation organizations over the past 40 years has played a key role in protecting the health of hundreds of Maine lakes to date, and provides annual networking and learning opportunities connecting our professional peers with others interested in lake conservation statewide.

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LakeSmart: Our Time For Action

(Photo by Jack Toolin)

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

Welcome Susan Gallo as our new Executive Director!

The Maine Lakes Society is excited to announce Susan Gallo as our new Executive Director. Susan brings 20 years of experience delivering education and outreach programs, including management of the statewide Maine Look Project, Fish Lead Free Project and the Maine Amphibian Monitoring Program at Maine Audubon. Her experience and passion for lake conservation, program management and fundraising, and successful collaboration with conservation partners and the public will makes her a strong leader for our organization for years to come.

Susan dives in full-time starting Nov. 5, 2018, to oversee policy, increase communication with member lake associations, help expand LakeSmart and strengthen our education and outreach programs. If you see Susan in your travels, give her a big high five and welcome her to the team!

Learn more about our Advocacy efforts and 2019 Legislative Alerts!  

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