Watershed Roundup

May 2024 Newsletter from the 30 Mile River Watershed Association

Photo of Mount Vernon Village by Josh Robbins

Attention Androscoggin Lake shorefront landowners!

In late 2023, The Maine DEP, in conjunction with the US EPA, awarded the 30 Mile River Watershed Association a $149,730 federal grant to reduce pollution in the Androscoggin Lake watershed.

A portion of this grant provides cost-sharing opportunities and technical assistance from professional staff to landowners in the watershed - offering 10 matching grants to residential landowners of up to $1,500 each, which equals 50% of the total cost, available at a first-come, first-serve basis. Residential projects will include the installation of conservation practices such as planting shoreline buffers, stabilizing eroding soil, and installing infiltration devices to treat runoff before it enters the lake (among other solutions).

All property owners on Androscoggin Lake are eligible, but priority will be given to residential properties with erosion and runoff issues. To learn more or begin the grant process, contact Whitney at whitney@30mileriver.org / (207) 860-4043.

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Volunteer Courtesy Boat Inspector (CBI) training dates

Have you been interested in doing your part to protect the watershed, but not sure how? Here’s your chance! Join one of our upcoming workshops and learn how to be a Courtesy Boat Inspector (CBI). CBIs are our first line of defense, protecting our lakes and ponds from invasives. Meet other volunteers throughout the watershed, learn about the threats of aquatic invasive species (AIS), the importance of CBI’s, how to properly inspect a boat for AIS, and more! 

Saturday, May 25th (10AM - 12PM)

Camp Laurel (dining hall) in Mount Vernon

Saturday, July 6th from (10AM - 12PM)

Starling Hall in Fayette

To sign up, click here.

Mark Your Calendar!

The 15th Annual Paddle Trek is Saturday, July 27th

Registration opens on June 1st. Learn more about the Paddle Trek, here.

Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund to support 

road assessment in the watershed

Earlier this month, the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF) Board voted to approve our grant request to complete a regional assessment and inventory of high-risk roads and stream crossings in the 30 Mile River watershed. 

Much of the road infrastructure in our rural Maine towns is not designed to withstand 4-5+ inch rain events and the worsening impacts of climate change, like more frequent and intense periods of rain, more frequent flooding, and changing groundwater levels. Completing a vulnerability assessment and developing an inventory of the most vulnerable road infrastructure is the first step that municipalities can take to better understand risks, prioritize work, and begin to address the problem.

This award and exciting new project was made possible through cash match contributions from 30 Mile and our municipal partners: Mount Vernon, Vienna, Fayette, Wayne, and Leeds. Thank You!

MOHF helps fund critical wildlife and conservation projects throughout Maine and was established by the Maine Legislature in 1996, in response to a grassroots effort led by Maine Audubon and the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine. MOHF’s revenue is generated exclusively by a dedicated instant lottery ticket distributed by the Maine State Lottery.  

Three new members join our Board

Since March, three new members have joined 30 Mile’s Board of Directors: Bob Capers, Sue Heard, and Annie Moran. 

In March, Annie Moran became the Town of Wayne’s new representative on our Board. Annie and her husband Tom purchased their “little slice of heaven” on Pocasset Lake in 2017 after visiting family in Wayne for more than 25 years. A silver lining of the pandemic was their ability to work remotely, and in 2019 they sold their home in NJ and moved to Wayne full time. As an Operations Executive at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Annie has held leadership positions in Supplier Management, Procurement, and Mergers and Acquisitions. She has also held various roles in non-profits. Annie has had a passion for nature and the outdoors since she was a child, spending many vacations with family camping, hiking, fishing, and visiting National Parks. Joining 30 Mile’s Board to help protect the outdoors in her backyard was a natural fit for her.

Look for more about Bob and Sue in our next newsletters. 

LakeSmart Volunteers needed on 

Echo Lake, Lovejoy Pond, and Pocasset Lake!

30 Mile is a LakeSmart HUB support center and provides technical assistance and training to teams of trained volunteers on Parker Pond, David 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 are designed for both new volunteers and current volunteers who need a refresher. Both sessions are recorded and will be available via the Maine Lakes website. 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 whitney@30mileriver.org.

Androscoggin, Echo, Flying, Lovejoy, 

Parker and Pocasset included in shoreline study

Six lakes in the 30 Mile River watershed were included in this study of over 100 lakes and ponds statewide: Androscoggin Lake, Echo Lake, Flying Pond, Lovejoy Pond, Parker Pond, and Pocasset Lake. 

Find out how healthy the littoral habitat on YOUR lake is Check out the results in Assessment indices of littoral habitat condition for lakes in Maine and New England, United States,” by Deeds et al. Available for FREE until June 2024.

Shoreline development and human activity can harm important shallow-water (littoral) habitats that are vital to a healthy lake ecosystem. Removal of vegetation and woody debris (sticks, downed trees, etc), coarse shoreline substrates (rocks, gravel, etc.), and more polluted runoff can influence the lake-wide food web and overall health of the lake.

This new paper by Maine DEP Aquatic Ecologist, Jeremy Deeds, and others, highlights the work they are doing in Maine to assess the condition of lake littoral zones, quantify the impacts from development, and create new metrics to help us improve and better protect our lakes.

Live Staking into Spring

In April, 30 Mile staff spent two and a half days planting over 300 live stakes on 15 properties throughout the watershed to stabilize soils and improve buffer vegetation. Thank you to all the landowners who participated, and a big thanks to John at Maine Live Stakes for the supply and providing guidance on installation. If you would like to get on our live stake list for future plantings, sign up here!

What’s a live stake? Check out a short video of our project here

Question of the month:

Where did the 30 Mile River get its name?

No matter where you are located in the watershed, we’re all connected through a chain of lakes, ponds, and streams called the 30 Mile River. This waterway was used long ago by Native Americans and pioneers traveling from the Androscoggin River to the Sandy River Valley. The name dates back to circa 1750, when timber hunters paddled from Lewiston up the Androscoggin River and to the north end of Echo Lake in what is now the town of Mt. Vernon, estimating they had traveled 30 miles. 

Since 2010, we’ve hosted our annual Paddle Trek for the community to come together and experience 15 miles of the beautiful waterway. The Trek goes from the northern end of Minnehonk lake, down and through Hopkins Pond, Hopkins Stream, Taylor Pond, Echo Lake and its Mill Pond, Lovejoy Pond, Lovejoy Stream, Pickerel Pond, and Pocasset Lake, ending in Wayne Village’s Mill Pond. We’re excited to welcome past and new paddlers for our 15th Annual Paddle Trek this summer on Saturday, July 27th!   

Check out 30 Mile's new store!

30 Mile's online store is your go-to place for cozy gear, camp games, and other unique gifts that feature the lakes and ponds of the 30 Mile River Watershed. Our new store has something special for everyone. All proceeds directly support 30 Mile's work across the watershed.


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