Lake Stewards of Maine

Keeping a watchful eye on the health of Maine lakes since 1971

Mission

The Mission of Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. LSM trains, certifies and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. In addition to being the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine, LSM volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Scott Williams

Main address

24 Maple Hill Rd

Auburn, ME 04210 USA

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Formerly known as

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

EIN

01-0502630

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Lake Water Quality Monitoring

Individuals who attend LSM water quality workshops are trained (and certified) to monitor a wide range of physical, chemical and biological indicators of lake health. The training is comprehensive, in order to provide people with a broad understanding of not just how, but why lakes are monitored. Participants are also trained to understand, and recognize the implications of the information that they gather. Data submitted to LSM by our citizen scientists is thoroughly reviewed for quality assurance and control by our staff prior to being sent to the Maine DEP and the US EPA, where additional quality assurance review takes place. The quality of our volunteer data has been shown to be on par with that of professional lake scientists, a tribute to the recognized excellence of LSM’s standardized training methods and quality control measures. LSM volunteers currently monitor more than 450 lakes throughout Maine.

Population(s) Served
Adults

LSM’s IPP program provides training that maximizes the likelihood of prevention, early detection of, and rapid response to a broad range of invasive aquatic species, from Eurasian milfoil, to lesser known potential threats like the Rusty Crayfish. Workshops educate participants about how to recognize invasive aquatic plants on Maine’s “eleven most unwanted” list, and to distinguish these invaders from their native Maine look-alikes. Participants also learn how to conduct an invasive species screening survey of their lake, and the appropriate response protocol in the event that an aquatic invader is discovered. The outstanding work of LSM Invasive Plant Patrollers has been recognized as having a significant bearing on the fact that fewer than 1% of Maine’s lakes are known to be infested with invasive aquatic plants (lowest percentage, by far, in New England).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Human impact to lake watersheds represents the greatest potential source of pollutants to Maine lakes. Polluted stormwater runoff from lake watersheds is the most pervasive threat to the water quality of our lakes. Through watershed assessment workshops, LSM provides basic information about the relationship between lakes and their watersheds, about common threats to lake water quality from watershed development, and also provides individuals and watershed community groups with information and guidance on how to organize and conduct citizen lake watershed surveys. Participants are taught to engage with landowners to help identify pollution sources, and to help facilitate mitigation through the use of simple conservation practices in lake communities. Watershed assessment and improvement efforts provide all those involved with real hands-on stewardship experiences, with value that is easily understood and immediately felt as beneficial to “their” lake. This deep human-lake connection is characteristic of our committed volunteers, and is an inherent part of the culture we are privileged to play a part in developing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Lake Stewards of Maine

Board of directors
as of 10/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Barbara Welch

Maine DEP - Retired Biologist

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

William Monagle

Cobbossee Watershed District – Executive Director

Term: 2019 - 2022

Linda Bacon

DEP QA/QC Advisor

Sibyl French

Retired

Phoebe Hardesty

Retired from Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District

Robert French

Retired

Sue Motley

Retired

Joe Musante

Water Biologist for Passamoquody Tribe

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