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Maine Lakes Society

Protecting Our Lakes and Ponds

aka Maine Lakes   |   Belgrade Lakes, ME   |  lakes.me

Mission

Through science-based action, education and advocacy, we work to protect and preserve the values and benefits of Maine’s lakes, ponds, and watersheds for future generations. We've been doing this since our founding in 1970 as the Congress of Lake Associations.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Susan Gallo

Main address

PO Box 447

Belgrade Lakes, ME 04918 USA

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EIN

01-0322800

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Our programs

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LakeSmart

LakeSmart is Maine Lakes’ flagship program that uses teams of trained volunteers to visit, educate and reward lakefront homeowners who manage their properties in ways that protect water quality, aquatic habitat, property values, and the recreational opportunities healthy lakes provide. As a result of LakeSmart evaluations, homeowners are motivated to install best management practices on their properties that better protect lake water quality by reducing the amount of nutrient pollution and other toxins that reach lake waters. This has never been a more important effort, as climate change impacts such as warming lake waters and more frequent and intense storms are an ever greater risk to lake water quality. The LakeSmart program engages several dozen volunteer evaluators each year who visit more than 300 homeowners on 45 lakes across the state.

Population(s) Served

Maine Lakes works on several education and outreach efforts, including leading an effort to grow a network of freshwater educators across the state, maintaining our Lake Library, and printing and publishing of numerous brochures and informational pieces that engage and inform our members and the public, including the Lake Book (https://www.lakes.me/lakebook), Caring for your Septic (https://www.lakes.me/septic), and Protect Your Pond (https://www.lakes.me/protect). We also host an annual lakes conference, returning this year to an in-person venue for the first time since 2019. The 2023 conference theme is “Together For Healthy Lakes” and we will have speakers, panels and workshops for over 200 lake enthusiasts (https://www.lakes.me/maine-lakes-conference).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Maine Lakes works to develop sound policies that protect water and water resources at all levels of government. We work to share information with members, colleagues, agencies and decision-makers about policies, including advocacy around bills that protect clean water in the state legislature. We develop fact sheets and Action Alerts for our members. This year we are working to support bills that would help protect public safety on lakes and ponds, reduce the risk of spread of invasive species, and increase funding for lake restoration and protection effort. Staff also participate in working groups and task force created by the Governor or other state agencies that help guide sound lake policy.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

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Maine Lakes Society

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2023
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Board chair

Susan Adams

Elliotsville Plantation

Term: 2025 - 2022

Camila Plana

Susan Adams

Elliotsville Plantation Inc.

Roy Lambert

Betsy Bass

Bunny Caldwell

Adam Platz

Baxter Outdoors

Yvonne Davis

Kelly Margolis

Cathy Sweetser

Amanda Gavin

FB Environmental

Cheryl St. Peter

Lidie Robbins

30 Mile River Watershed

Pam Smith

Jasmine Saros

University of Maine