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May 13th,2024

I- 2024 Lake Conference Updates

II- Water Quality Program

Upcoming WQ Workshops

WQ Technical Session

Important Notice from HETL

III- Aquatic Invasive Species Program

IPP In-Person Workshops

Survey 123

Updated Quick Keys Available...

IPP 101 Recording and Quiz

IV- Office Hours

Lake Conference Updates

Friday, June 21st, 2024

University of Maine, Farmington

For the latest updates, visit the conference website:

Our 2024 Lake Conference is nearly at full capacity. Register now to secure your spot! Once we have reached the limit, a waitlist will be created. 

Can't join? Don't worry, recordings will be accessible on the conference website for those unable to attend.

Register here

Sponsor Spotlight

Gary Fish is a Maine State Horticulturist, bringing decades of expertise to the role. With a B.S. in Forest and Wildlife Management from the University of Maine and a recent Master of Policy, Planning, and Management, Gary's educational background is robust. He's served as State Horticulturist since 2015, following a distinguished 28-year tenure as Manager of Pesticide Programs for the Board of Pesticides Control. Additionally, Gary has been involved in forestry services, chaired the Arborist Board, and worked in horticulture for ChemLawn Services Corporation. A native of Farmington, Maine, Gary's lifelong passion for entomology and plants was sparked by his mother's influence, who cultivated stunning roses and rock gardens. Beyond his professional endeavors, Gary finds joy in capturing the natural world through landscape photography.

Sponsor Spotlight

Conference Apparel

We are partnering with Custom Ink to provide attendees a variety of options for purchasing a sustainable cotton t-shirt with the beautiful conference logo on the front. Proceeds from t-shirt sales go directly to cover conference expenses. 

Even if you can't make it to the event, you can still order a shirt. Order by May 21st to have your t-shirt delivered in time for the conference. 

Water Quality Program


Upcoming Water Quality Workshops

Newly added water quality workshops. Please contact us at the office to schedule your participation.

📍THIS WEEK! Quantabacook/Searsmont -- 5/15 --Morning

📍Bauneg Beg/North Berwick & Sanford -- 5/29 -- Morning

Our complete list of 2024 Water Quality Workshops is available on our website!

As a current volunteer that is interested in participating, please send an email to, or call to speak with Jonnie at 207-783-7733.

As a completely new volunteer, please contact us using this form.

Learn More

Water Quality Technical Check-in Session

TODAY, May 13th at 12:30

See you there!

Register here

Important notice from the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL)

Any Chlorophyll samples will now be reported in ug/L (ppb).

For past seasons, HETL has reported Chlorophyll-α (CHLA) in mg/L (ppm), but moving forward HETL will be reporting CHLA in ug/L (ppb) units. Please feel free to reach out to Mackenzie Lee or Joe Niskach with any questions/concerns that may arise from this change.

Contact Information

Department of Health and Human Services

Maine Health & Environmental Laboratory

47 Independence Drive SHS #12

Augusta, Me, 04330

(207) 287-8014 (Office)

Aquatic Invasive Species Program

For any questions related to IPP workshops, registration, or the aquatic invasive species program, please email

Registration for In-Person IPP Workshops Now Open

Register Here


Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) and Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a webinar on Survey123 and its applications for aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring on Thursday, May 16 at 2:00 pm.

Register Here

Updated Quick Keys Now Available for Purchase

The new "Quick Key to Ruling Out Maine's Most Unwanted Aquatic Invasive Plants", updated to include Maine's four newest aquatic invasive plants, are now available for purchase. These waterproof pocket guides (only 3.5" by 4.25" when folded) have an updated layout and information for ruling out all 15 plants on Maine's aquatic invasive species list.

Quick Keys are available for purchase for $3.50 each, with a discount of 10% for orders over 100 copies. To purchase Quick Keys, please call 207-783-7733, or email

Quick Keys can be picked up at LSM's main office in Auburn,

or shipped with paid postage. 

Download Quick Key

IPP 101 Recording and Review Quiz Now Available

For those who missed this week's IPP 101 webinar, or want a review, a recording is now available on LSM's website.

Completion of an accompanying Review Quiz is required for those seeking Tier 2 IPP Certification.

The quiz is available HERE.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 AM -4:30 PM

We recommend calling ahead,

(207) 783-7733.

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