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Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association

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Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Watershed conservaton managment and education.

Programs: Water quality protection: measured levels of polluting phosphorus (twice) and within each of the 3water basins of damariscotta lake. Measured indicators of water quality (clarity & dissolved oxygen) 12 times during the summer to determine risk of algae blooms and fish kills. Determined estimate of phosphorus loading from erosion in the watershed using data we collected during the survey and created a final report on our findings to municipal officials and other community members. Developed a draft watershed protection plan required to access federal grants for controlling polluting phosphorus. Installed a barrier to limit the growth of the invasive aquatic plant (hydrilla) at an infested cove to keep it from spreading into damariscotta lake. Conducted 11 surveys on davis stream (a tributary to damariscotta lake) for hydrilla which is an aquatic invasive plant. Recruited, trained and supplied materials for over 60 volunteers to search the lake for aquatic invasive plants. Over 50% of the lake was monitored. Conducted 1,179 boat inspections looking for aquatic invasive plants at the state boat launch.

outreach/education: conducted 25 in-school educational programs at jefferson village school and nobleboro central school. Developed and implemented full-day program on lake biology in the field for 3 area schools. Held 3 workshops and trained over 30 volunteers on identifying invasive aquatic plants and surveying the lake. Provided free fishing event for 40 local youths. Provided technical assistance to 4 landowners on landscape improvements that would reduce polluting runoff into the lake.

land conservation: monitored and maintained protections on over 603 acres of land (14 parcels) where we hold easements. Developed a management plan for a 500 acre preserve.

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