Category: Looking at Lakes and Ponds

As the weather and water get colder and many of our citizen science programs come to an end for the season, I start sifting through all the data we’ve collected over the summer months and reflecting on all we accomplished. Every year, I am filled with gratitude for our volunteers who labor in the name of protecting our lands and waters. I think it’s safe to say they do this out of love.

What else would drive these folks to plunge their hands into October-chilled sea water to take nitrogen samples? Or face down the occasional leech to wade – much less swim – in Biscay Pond to search for invasive plants? Or pick their way around patches of poison ivy to document shoreline erosion caused by increasing storm events? Or stare through a microscope for three or four hours at a stretch, as our phytoplankton monitoring volunteers do? (…)

Our volunteers are what make our work possible. We couldn’t do nearly as much as we do in land conservation, water quality monitoring, and education without the many passionate people who give their time.

In this recorded program Coastal Rivers staff run through the variety of volunteer opportunities available and how to sign up. There is a job for every interest, whether it’s monitoring water quality, stewardship, handy-work, hospitality, nature education, or photography!

One of the most important things every property owner can do is to have a great buffer between your home and lawn and any stream, lake, pond, estuary, or ocean. Join Sarah Gladu for slides, video and conversation about how to create a great buffer.

Carolyn Shubert, Land and Water Stewardship Manager, was recognized recently by Maine Lakes for her work as a champion for water quality in the Pemaquid River system.

An ounce of prevention Aquatic invasive plants are very good at spreading from one fresh water body to another by “hitchhiking” on boats and trailers. And they are considered “invasive” for a reason. Just a small piece of milfoil, for example, can spread throughout an entire lake or pond. Once these plants are established, they are almost impossible to remove. They spread rapidly and form dense mats near the surface of the water, blocking sunlight, crowding out native plants, and creating poor habitat for fish, diving birds, and other forms of wildlife. Not to mention getting in the way of …

Combatting invasives through Courtesy Boat Inspections Read More »

On loons, lakes and ponds For those who live on or near a lake or pond, or for anyone who cares about water quality in our fresh water lakes and ponds! Hear from guest speaker Tracy Hart, coordinator of Maine Audubon’s annual Loon Count. In addition, Sarah Gladu, Coastal Rivers’ Director of Education and Citizen Science, shares current data on the status of lakes and ponds in the Pemaquid River watershed. Sarah also provides an overview of Coastal Rivers’ initiatives to promote water quality and prevent the introduction of invasive aquatic plants, and addresses questions and concerns submitted by participants. …

Virtual Ponders Gathering – with Tracy Hart of Maine Audubon Read More »

Nine water quality volunteers for Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust attended a Healthy Beaches training recently to go over the proper use of tools and protocol for taking water samples. As a service to the community, Coastal Rivers monitors the water at three area swim beaches for pathogenic contamination. Trained volunteers test weekly for Enterococci at Pemaquid Beach, and for E. coli at the Bristol Mills swimming hole and Biscay Beach. Two of the volunteers have been testing the water at Pemaquid Beach for over 15 years. Data are reported to the towns of Bristol and Damariscotta, which manage the swim …

Coastal Rivers volunteers monitor water quality at area swim beaches Read More »