Watershed Roundup

July 2023 Newsletter from the 30 Mile River Watershed Association

4th Annual Summer Photo Contest

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

Share your favorites with us by September 15th for a chance to win! The categories are: Lovable Loons, Spectacular Scenes, Watershed Wildlife (includes fish too, but not loons), and Winter Wonderland. Learn more and enter here.

Photo: Blue Heron Landing by Matt Degnan

Enter Here

New and updated water quality webpages

Have you visited 30 Mile’s water quality webpage for YOUR lake?

Androscoggin Lake

Basin Pond

David Pond

Echo Lake

Flying Pond

Hales Pond

Kimball Pond

Lovejoy Pond

Minnehonk Lake

Parker Pond

Pocasset Lake

Tilton Pond

Whittier Pond

Learn more about 30 Mile’s water quality program here.

Water quality monitoring update & volunteers needed

Our 2023 monitoring season is now well underway. Thanks to a generous grant from the John Sage Foundation, we are expanding our monitoring program to support a full season of bi-weekly baseline monitoring on Echo Lake, as well as increased data collection on four small ponds in our watershed (Hales, Kimball, Tilton and Whittier), monitoring a total of 13 lakes and ponds this season.

Our monitoring program could not exist without the volunteers that work alongside our staff each year. Trained volunteers can become certified to assist with data collection. Untrained volunteers are also vital, providing water access and/or a boat ride so that our certified staff can collect data and water samples. If you are interested in volunteering to support this vital program, please visit our website.

14th Annual Paddle Trek

Register by July 12th for Discounts

Our 14th Annual Paddle Trek will be held on Saturday, July 29th!

Join us for all or just a part of this 15-mile paddle from Mt. Vernon Village to Wayne Village, traveling along many of the lakes and streams that form the “30 Mile River.”

Register by July 12 at 11:59PM to take advantage of early bird discounted registration pricing:

  • $28 - Adults
  • $15 - Teens (ages 13-17)
  • Free - Children (12 or under)

Registration closes on Thursday, July 27th at 11:59PM. No same-day registration.

Register Here

Loon Lap 5K

Sunday, August 13th at 9 AM at the Mt. Vernon Community Center

Hosted by the Greater Minnehonk Lake Association and the Mt. Vernon CPC

This event combines fitness, fun, and philanthropy, offering participants of all ages and fitness levels an opportunity to enjoy a picturesque route while contributing to a meaningful cause. Learn more here.

Protecting Loons from Lead Poisoning

Photo: Jennifer Lummis

On June 20th, Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 958, the bill to expand protections for loons from lead poisoning, into law. This legislation phases out the use and sale of small-sized painted lead jigs. Loons ingest a great deal of fishing tackle that is either left behind, or that is in fish they consume. Death by lead is horrific and avoidable. This law closes a loophole in Maine’s lead fishing tackle laws. 

Clean, Drain, Dry bill signed into law

On June 16th, LD 92, the “Clean, Drain and Dry” bill was signed into law. This bill requires trailered boats to be drained before entering and after leaving lakes. Read the bill text here.

July is Lakes Appreciation Month

To focus attention on the value of lakes and the threats they face, the North American Lake Management Society started Lakes Appreciation Month.

You work and play on them. You drink from them. But do you really appreciate them? Growing population, development, and invasive species stress your local lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. All life needs water; let’s not take it for granted!” - NALMS website

Governor Janet Mills recognizes the value of clean, healthy lakes to all Mainers, and has written a letter of support for Lakes Appreciation Month. Read her letter here

Lake Association Meetings

Flying Pond: Saturday, July 8th at 4 PM at the Vienna Community Room (Fire Station)

Parker Pond: Sunday, July 23rd, 5:15 PM at the Vienna Grange

Minnehonk Lake: Sunday, July 30th, 10 AM at the Mt. Vernon Community Center

Androscoggin Lake: Saturday, August 5th, 10 AM at the Ladd Center, Wayne

Basin-David-Titton Ponds: Saturday, August 5th, 10 AM at the Fayette Central School

Kimball Pond: Saturday, August 5th, details TBD

Lovejoy Pond: Saturday, August 5th, 5 PM at the Kents Hill School Alpine Lodge

Echo Lake: Friday, August 11th at Camp Vega, time TBD

Pocasset Lake: Thursday, August 17th, details TBD

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