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


LSM’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Video

The production of this video was made possible thanks to a generous donation from

 Thank you for helping us celebrate and commemorate our 50th anniversary by sharing your personal LSM story!

Other activities we have been doing for our 50th Anniversary can be found HERE

Contribute to our 50k Matching Grant Campaign HERE

Thank you for making this year special!


A Guided Tour of LSM’s “Lakes of Maine” Website

Peter Vaux, PhD;

Developer and Manager of the Lakes of Maine website www.lakesofmaine.org is the most comprehensive online information resource available for Maine lakes. Conceived by Peter Vaux, who has developed the site with webmaster Jim Craddock and LSM staff, LoME provides a wide range of scientific data and interesting facts about individual Maine lakes.

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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 Hunt for Invasive Naiad in Lake Arrowhead & How You Can Help

This session was presented by John McPhedran (MEDEP) and Roberta Hill (LSM). With guest speakers Debbie Broderick & Dale Schultz of Lake Arrowhead. Spiny naiad (Najas minor) just recently confirmed in Lake Arrowhead in York County. This session will include what is​ currently known about the extent of spread ​in these lakes; the biology and typical habitat of Najas minor; the key features by which Najas minor may be positively identified; how to distinguish each from a host of native look-alike plants; and importantly, what to do if one finds any suspicious aquatic plants while out on the water.

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The Hunt for Invasive Milfoil in Big Lake & How You Can Help

This session was presented by John McPhedran (MEDEP) and Roberta Hill (LSM). Variable water-milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum) was confirmed in late 2019 in Big Lake in Washington County. This session will include what is​ currently known about the extent of spread ​in these lakes; the biology and typical habitat of Myriophyllum heterophyllum; the key features by which Myriophyllum heterophyllum may be positively identified; how to distinguish each from a host of native look alike plants; and importantly, what to do if one finds any suspicious aquatic plants while out on the water.

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Northeast Climate Trends, Tracking Increasing Harmful Algal Blooms, and the Vital Role of Citizen Science in this Research

Hilary Snook, Senior Scientist, US EPA Regional Laboratory

In recent years, the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs) has been increasing throughout New England. Climate trends here in the Northeast may be contributing to this phenomenon. Through his introduction of the new US EPA BloomWatch App, Hilary Snook will discuss the role citizen science can play in understanding the trends, toxicity, and expanse of HABs.determining whether or not blooms are potentially toxic, the BloomWatch App, and Citizen Science.

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LSM Invasive Plant patrol How to Lead on Invasive Plan Paddle 20210624

 

Plant Paddles are guided explorations that take place on shore and on the water. They are a fun, informal way to learn about Maine’s native aquatic plants, as well as the invasive aquatic plants that threaten Maine waters. In this live webinar, Roberta Hill will provide you with everything you need to know about leading a plant paddle on your favorite waterbody. This webinar is open to all and should be especially valuable to those of you who wish to activate (or reinvigorate) an Invasive Plant Patrol team on your lake! There will be plenty of time for questions, answers, and sharing ideas.


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 Maine Lakes Lake Smart Program

Video by Maine Lakes of LSM volunteers Cheryl and Kirk St. Peter highlights the water quality tests they perform for LSM.


Deb Broderick_Arrowhead_Limerick, Waterboro, York_Selfie

This is a raw selfie video sent into LSM as a part of the “LSM 50th Anniversary Celebration Video – featuring YOU!”: https://www.lakestewardsofmaine.org/lsms-50th-anniversary/#50SelfieSub


Dale Schultz_Arrowhead_Limerick, Waterboro, York_Selfie

 

This is a raw selfie video sent into LSM as a part of the “LSM 50th Anniversary Celebration Video – featuring YOU!”: https://www.lakestewardsofmaine.org/lsms-50th-anniversary/#50SelfieSub


The Maine Lakes Lake Smart Program

Video by Maine Lakes


                                       BIG LAKE

Glenn Milner, Toxicologist
John McPhedran, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Roberta Hill, Invasive Aquatic Species Program Director – Lake Stewards of Maine


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

Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) works to protect Maine lakes and to promote lake stewardship through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health.

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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.