Local Lake Associations Take the Lead
Kudos are in order for several lake leaders who have spearheaded effective new programs, projects and developments in their watersheds. COLA is delighted to celebrate and share these accomplishments.
Kezar Lake Watershed Association (Lovell, Main) developed a great way to greatly increase the number of observers trained to spot aquatic invaders when a volunteers under the direction of Lucy LaCasse collaborated with Vital Signs of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Roberta Hill of the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Society to create Eyes on the Water. Eyes is an informal 2-hour participatory workshop that can take place anywhere with access to the water. It provides participants with bucket scopes and great waterproof ID cards, gives them instruction, and sets them out to explore the shallows in their own kayaks or canoes. Plants are brought back and categorized by leaf type. Everyone learns, has a good time, and has the fear taken out of becoming a citizen scientist. Congratulations, KLWA!
Friends of Wilson Lake (Wilton, Maine) just learned they are one of three finalists for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year Award. What an honor! Under the leadership of Wynn Muller, this association has run Courtesy Boat Inspections since 2004, became the first LakeSmart Gold Lake, passed a houseboat ordinance to protect water quality, installed an informational kiosk at the Wilson Lake boat landing, and published a best-selling cookbook. We don’t know which of these or other accomplishments put FOWL in the limelight, but they deserve it.
Pequawket Lake Association has just sent a 120 page history of their pond to a publisher. At first inspired to write a cookbook, in part by Sandy Muller of FOWL, the Pequawket volunteers decided instead to seek out the history of families and camps around their lake. This became so interesting, said the leader Margery Gruber, that the committee just had to pursue all leads an ended up logging 6,000 hours! The book will be professionally published in Maine and sell for $25.00; with 140 copies sold before publication, the Pequawket Lake Association is assured of success. What a way to celebrate A Sense of Place!
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