Stewardship: “The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”
There are many ways to be involved in Lake Stewardship. Lake Stewards of Maine trains lake stewards to gather information that can be used for scientific analysis pertaining to lake health. What better way to care for lakes than to have the people who live on or have a connection to a lake help monitor the health of the lake?
- Become a citizen lake scientist! Collect lake data to help monitor the health of a Maine lake. Free training and technical support for Water Quality monitors and Invasive Plant Patrollers.
- Help further LSM’s Mission by lending your time, skills and creativity as a Volunteer at our Office! We can use help with a wide range of seasonally variable tasks, such as data entry and assembling bulk mailings, assisting with coordination of events, and helping with office and building related projects.
- Join LSM’s email list to receive information on LSM workshops, outreach and educational opportunities and events.
- Participate in free webinars.
- Explore LSM’s lake resource website, www.LakesofMaine.org
- Attend LSM’s Maine Annual Lake Monitoring Conference.
- Ask your lake association to become a Lake or Regional Supporting Partner
- Volunteer with your local Lake and Regional Watershed Association
- Volunteer with Maine Lakes’ LakeSmart Program. Like LSM, Maine Lakes is a statewide, lake-focused non-profit. Maine Lakes provides LakeSmart training and materials to local groups and landowners. The LakeSmart program helps lakefront homeowners manage landscapes in ways that protect water quality. Maine Lakes is also a collaborative leader for lake-friendly policy and advocacy in the state.
- Volunteer as a Courtesy Boat Inspector (CBI). Courtesy Boat Inspectors (CBI) play a key role in Maine’s Invasive Aquatic Species prevention effort. Trained inspectors examine boats and equipment at boat launches for plant fragments and other potentially invasive organisms. Lake Stewards of Maine offers limited CBI workshops for volunteers interested in becoming a courtesy boat inspector. Lakes Environmental Association oversees the statewide CBI Program.