Help Protect
Maine Lakes

Volunteer Leadership

RC DC Mtg Oct 20 2012 Adj WebVolunteers are essential to fulfilling the mission of Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) by monitoring their lakes. But volunteers also play a critical role administrating LSM programs through the all-volunteer Board of Directors and Volunteer Coordinators. LSM has two types of Coordinators:

Regional Coordinators maintain contact with volunteers, organize re-certification workshops, and respond to requests from volunteers.

Data Coordinators enter water quality data from volunteer data forms into the LSM’s LakeData database program.

Coordinator Meeting 2007Most of the 16 counties in Maine have their own Coordinator (LSM staff covers those that don’t), and there are several local organizations that function as Regional Coordinator for volunteers in their area. In addition to their role of working with volunteers, Coordinators also provide feedback and insight to LSM staff. Typically Coordinators volunteer about 25 hours each year which, as a whole, saves the program over $15,000 annually!

Our Mission

The Mission of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. The VLMP trains, certifies and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. In addition to being the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine, VLMP volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.


The VLMP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the collection of information pertaining to lake water quality. For 40 years, trained volunteers throughout Maine have donated their time so that we may all learn more about one of Maine’s most beautiful and important resources — our lakes.