To preserve, improve, and protect the land and water quality in the 30 Mile River watershed
- Prevent the introduction of invasive species through early interception, detection and public education
- Detect and prevent pollution from point and nonpoint sources
- Encourage responsible and environmentally friendly enjoyment of our lakes and ponds
Q: What is a watershed?
A: Everyone lives in a watershed, no matter how much or how little water is nearby. A watershed is an area of land that drains into a river, stream or lake. It includes everything within its borders – the land, air, plants, animals, towns, farms and people. Watersheds drain (or “shed”) water into lakes through streams and ditches, directly over the ground surface and through groundwater. Everything that happens in a lake’s watershed eventually impacts the lake’s water quality, for better or worse.
Q: What is the 30 Mile RiverWatershed?
A: The 30 Mile River Watershed is a 200 square-mile rural region northwest of Augusta, Maine that encompasses over 20 lakes and ponds, many of which form a chain referred to as the “30 Mile River.” The chain runs from Kimball Pond south to Androscoggin Lake, and includes some of the more pristine lakes in Central Maine.
Numerous town officials and lake association members in the 30 Mile River Watershed, from Kimball Pond down to the Androscoggin Dead Water, joined to form a non-profit corporation to protect and preserve the watershed. Vienna’s eight-year lake warden and courtesy boat inspection program was the local model, and the group sought out other organizations in Maine during its planning.
In January, 2008 the organization became a nonprofit corporation in Maine and in July of that year became a 501c3 federal nonprofit.