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Lake Stewards of Maine Videos


In addition to these videos please find recordings of our summer webinar series at these links: 2020 and 2021.


Lake Stewards of Maine (formerly known as the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program) Mission Statement

An introduction to the mission of Lake Stewards of Maine.


Joining Forces: A Battle for the Future of Androscoggin Lake

In the late summer of 2020, the invasive plant, variable water-milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum) was found in Androscoggin Lake by volunteer Invasive Plant Patroller, Katherine Mahoney. In response, a coalition of local, regional and statewide partners leapt into action.

The coalition included 30 Mile River Watershed Association, Androscoggin Lake Improvement Corporation, Lake Stewards of Maine, and Department of Environmental Protection and a dedicated team of volunteer Invasive Plant Patrollers.

This video captures the majesty of the imperiled lake and the actions of those who are working to save it.


The Hunt for Aquatic Invaders

Set upon the backdrop of one of Maine’s most extraordinary lakes, this award-winning documentary, The Hunt for Aquatic Invaders, takes the viewer on a very different kind of outdoor adventure. The film not only speaks to the urgency of the task of preventing the spread of aquatic invaders in Maine, but also provides guidance and inspiration as it explores the vital role that volunteers can play in local and statewide early detection efforts.


Everything That You Might Want to Know About Lake Flushing Rates

LSM Technical Support Webinar with special guest Jeff Dennis

Recording from Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021


One of the most significant natural characteristics of a lake is the rate at which the volume of water in the lake is “flushed”, (aka: hydrologic retention period) over time. This phenomenon varies from one lake to the next, and it influences, among other factors, the vulnerability of a lake to a decline over time.

Join us for an in-depth discussion on this topic, presented by long-time Maine DEP Biologist, Jeff Dennis. Following Jeff’s presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers, as well as an extended technical discussion with Jeff, for those who are interested.


The Ripple Effect: How Volunteerism can Save Our Lakes

Roberta Hill presents The Ripple Effect, a lecture about harnessing the power of volunteers, at the Maine Lakes Society’s 2018 Maine Lakes Conference.



Partner Videos


Variable Milfoil showing emergent flower bracts on Lake Arrowhead

Video by LSM volunteer Dale Schultz


The Cool Little Culvert

LSM 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, LSM volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities. This short film, Cool Little Culvert, features two such volunteers: Phine Ewing and Karen Robbins, and illustrates just one of the many ways that LSM lake stewards are working to protect the health of Maine lakes.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. LSM 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, LSM volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

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LSM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the collection of information pertaining to lake water quality. For 50 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.