Watershed Roundup

September 2022 Newsletter from the 30 Mile River Watershed Association

Last Chance: Enter the 2022 Summer Photo Contest by September 15th

Deadline: Thursday, September 15th

Do you take photos on the lakes, ponds, and streams that make up the 30 Mile River Watershed? 

Share your favorites by September 15th for a chance to win! The categories are: Fun Times, Watershed Wildlife, Flourishing Flora and Spectacular Scenes.

Enter the Photo Contest

2021 photo contest winners from left to right: Ted Becker, Matt Degnan, Pat Richardson, Grant Regan-Loomis, Bonnie Frye Hemphill, Matt Degnan, Ted Becker & Grant Regan-Loomis 

The Continued Fight Against Milfoil on Androscoggin Lake

All summer, beginning in mid-May, our staff have been working hard to get rid of the invasive variable milfoil in Androscoggin Lake. Now in our second full season of this effort, our work entails surveying the infested area (and beyond), marking each individual milfoil plant, and removing them by hand. The removal is performed by a trained SCUBA diver. Our work went well last year, but ended sooner than planned due to the algal bloom. As a result, plants had more time to grow, and in May and June this year we found more milfoil than before, covering a larger area of the cove. (2022 plant locations shown in yellow below). All of those plants were carefully removed, and there has been little regrowth so far, but we do expect it will come back back in some places.  

Survey and removal work will continue into October this year, as conditions allow, supported by trained volunteers of Androscoggin Lake Association’s (ALIC) “Eyes on the Water” team, now that our seasonal staff are back at college. 

ALIC's volunteer team has spent many hours surveying the rest of lake all season, looking for invasives, especially variable milfoil. This is another critical part of the work. Thank you volunteers! No other invasives have been found. 

Volunteers Linda Gatti Fyler (left) and Janet and Vic Bernhards (right) joined other volunteers and 30 Mile’s Lidie Robbins to survey the cove last week.  

At the end of the season, we will be working with staff at the Maine DEP to evaluate our progress and make plans for next year’s work.

Celebrating Our 2022 Summer Staff

We are wrapping up another successful summer season with our seasonal staff – 14 total – all vital members of our team delivering our programs that fulfill our mission to work as a community for clean and healthy lakes, ponds and streams in our watershed:

  • Theo Cerami, Courtesy Boat Inspector
  • Frank Chin, Courtesy Boat Inspector Coordinator
  • Gus Cooke, Courtesy Boat Inspector
  • Tom Davis, Courtesy Boat Inspector
  • Evelynn Dearborn, YCC Crew
  • Remi French, Courtesy Boat Inspector
  • Tess Gioia, Water Quality Intern & Milfoil Survey Team
  • Mya Jespersen, YCC Crew
  • Silas Mohlar, YCC Crew Leader, Milfoil Survey Team& Water Quality Intern
  • Brady Quinn, YCC Crew
  • Bridget Reusch, YCC Crew
  • Moriah Reusch, Courtesy Boat Inspector
  • Brynne Robbins, Milfoil Survey Team
  • Maggie Stokes, Milfoil Survey Team & Courtesy Boat Inspector

THANK YOU for your hard work and the positive impact you make in our watershed, and the communities and water within it!

Water Quality Interns, Silas and Tess:

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew (bottom Left, from left to right: Mya, Bridget, Evelyn, and Brady), and YCC Crew Leader, Silas: 

Milfoil Survey (and removal) Team Members, Brynne, Tess, and Silas:

Courtesy Boat Inspectors, Tom, Moriah, and Gus:

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