What Does Maine Lakes Society Do?
From testifying at a legislative hearing or hosting a conference on sewage disposal to alerting members about important lake issues throughout the state, the activities of Maine Lakes are as varied as its accomplishments.
Maine Lakes has always had a strong commitment to individual lake associations: how to start one, where to obtain water monitoring equipment, how to reduce erosion. While lake associations have concerns unique to their lakes, there are common statewide problems as well. Maine Lakes serves as a resource for both.
We are also committed to individuals - the people who love Maine's most valuable natural resources but who might not live on a lake or belong to a lake association. From kayakers to anglers, from wildlife watchers to water-skiers, from folks who love to swim and splash to those enjoy boating or simply looking at a lake from a park or rest area, these people have an enduring connection to Maine's lakes and share the desire to protect them.
We are also active with legislative issues. In the mid-1970's Maine COLA was influential in obtaining comprehensive legislation regarding dams and water levels, unchanged for centuries, which led to required water levels and better dam safety. Maine COLA is a member of the Great Ponds Task Force, charged with developing a package of recommendations which was passed by the Maine 118th Legislature in 1998. Supporting legislation for the welfare of our lakes continues to be an important component of Maine Lakes.
How is Maine Lakes Society Organized?
A president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, part-time executive director, and board of directors meet monthly in Augusta. These meetings are open to the public. Officers and board members are elected at the annual meeting which is held each year in different locations throughout the state.
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