Program Spotlight: Watershed Surveys

September 8, 2020

Lovejoy Pond Watershed Survey on September 26

On September 26th, 30 Mile and the Lovejoy Pond Improvement Association (LPIA), in partnership with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the University of Maine at Farmington, will be conducting a watershed survey of Lovejoy Pond.

The purpose of the survey is to look for areas of active soil erosion that could harm water quality through runoff. Polluted runoff carries nutrients that stimulate harmful algae growth and is the largest source of pollution and water quality decline to lakes and ponds in Maine. A comprehensive survey enables us to identify and prioritize issues and to qualify for grants to fix problems. Similar surveys have already been conducted on other lakes in the watershed, including Androscoggin, David, Echo, Flying, Minnehonk, and Parker.

During the survey, trained volunteers led by technical leaders will be walking properties and roads not only on the shorefront, but throughout the whole watershed – all the area that drains into Lovejoy Pond (outlined on the map above).

The information collected will NOT be used for enforcement or regulatory purposes. Survey teams will wear masks and take other precautions to ensure the safety of all.

For more information, or to exclude your property from the survey, contact Diana McLaughlin of LPIA at mclaughlin.diana.m@roadrunner.com, (207) 685-9540.

Photo Credit: Josh Robbins (Banner)