Conference Program

View the 49th Maine Lakes Conference program here.


49th Annual

Maine Lakes Conference:

JUMP IN! to protect maine lakes

University of maine at Farmington~ Saturday, June 22, 2019

MORNING Session (North Dining Hall)

Time Topic
7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Maine Lakes Society Annual Meeting
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Conference Overview
9:15 – 9:20 President’s Welcome

9:20 – 10:05

Plenary SpeakerMaggie Shannon,

Community-Based Social Marketing


Time Speaker Topic
10:40-11:25 Key Note- Whitney King, Colby College Proactive Partnerships to Improve Lake Water Quality: An Example from East Pond
11:25 – 11:40 Susan Gallo,  Executive Director, MLS Lake and Watershed News from the Frontlines in Augusta and Washington DC
11:40 – 12:00 Award Presentations:

Lake Steward and Lake Association of the Year, and LakeSmart Gold Achievement Awards


LUNCH (South Dining Hall) ~ (12:00 – 1:00 pm)


Workshop A: ACTION & COMMUNICATION for lake associations


1:00 – 1:35 Tom Mullin, Unity College Interpretive messaging for your signs, publications, waysides and kiosks
1:35 – 2:15 David Rocque, Maine State Soil Scientist Septic Systems, the hidden threat: How to Identify High Impact Systems in your Watershed
2:15 – 2:55 Susan Gallo, Maine Lakes Society How To Better Advocate for your Lake at the Local, State & Federal Level

Workshop B: technology for lakes in the digital age


1:00 – 1:35 Roberta Hill, Lake Stewards of Maine What’s in the Water? A Field Guide App for Identifying the Flora and Fauna in Maine Lakes
1:35 – 2:15 Kevin Spigel, Unity College Using Drones to Understand Algal Blooms on Lake Winnecook
2:15 – 2:55 Peter Countway, Bigelow Labs Algae at Your Dock: A Portable PCR Machine and Algae ID



1:00 – 1:50 Maggie Shannon, LakeSmart Coordinator, Maine Lakes Society Effectively using Social Marketing to Create Desired Behavior Changes through LakeSmart
1:50 – 2:55 Panel- Roy Lambert (LEA), Barbara Barrett (BLA) and Becky Schaffner (DEP) Mastering LakeSmart’s Online Survey: A How-To Workshop for LakeSmart Evaluators


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Do you know someone or perhaps a Lake Association that has gone above and beyond for the sake of Maine’s lakes? Nominate them for the coveted 2018 Lake Steward or Lake Association Award. Click here for more information.

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