LakeSmart needs volunteers for Echo Lake, Lovejoy Pond, and Pocasset Lake

April 6, 2024

We are now gearing up to support another year of LakeSmart in the 30 Mile River watershed. 30 Mile is a LakeSmart HUB support center and provides technical assistance and training to teams of trained volunteers on Parker Pond, Flying Pond, Minnehonk Lake, and Androscoggin Lake. We are in need of new volunteers interested in delivering LakeSmart on Echo Lake, Lovejoy Pond, and Pocasset Lake. 

Volunteer LakeSmart evaluators attend two online training sessions and an on-site training on their lake or one nearby, where they learn to identify signs of erosion, assess a property’s ability to prevent run-off and inputs of pollution, and make simple recommendations for improvement to the landowner.

Two free training sessions next month are designed for new volunteers, and also open to current volunteers as a refresher. Both training sessions will be recorded and uploaded to our website following the live presentations.

New Evaluator Basics: Lake Science Introduction, How LakeSmart Works, and an Overview of the LakeSmart Property Evaluation. 

Tuesday, May 7 at 4 pm. Register here.

Installing and Using Survey123

Join Becky Schaffner, GIS Coordinator at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, to learn how to use LakeSmart’s electronic data entry system, Survey123. Tuesday, May 14 at 5 pm: Register here.

Once both virtual training courses have been completed, the next step in the process is to attend an on-site training with 30 Mile staff who will walk through two evaluations on lakeshore properties with your group. Questions? Please contact Whitney at

This article was included in 30 Mile’s April 2024 newsletter. To view the full newsletter, click here.

Photo Credit: Josh Robbins (Banner)