CAMDEN — This summer, an Invasive Aquatic Plant Paddle workshop is being offered at Megunticook Lake, by Lake Stewards of Maine. The workshop will be held on Thursday, July 11, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., and is hosted by the Megunticook Watershed Association.
“Maine waters are being invaded!” said Lake Stewards of Maine, in a news release.
“As with a serious illness, early detection is key; the earlier the introduced invader – such as Eurasian water-milfoil or hydrilla – is detected, the greater the chances for finding an effective treatment and reducing the risk of spread. With more than 6000 lakes and ponds, and thousands of miles of suitable stream habitat to be monitored for the presence of aquatic invaders on an ongoing basis, the challenge here in Maine is enormous.”
Free training, coming soon to Knox and Waldo Counties, will provide you with everything you need to get started.
Invasive Aquatic Plant Paddles are 3-hour 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 these beautiful and ecologically-important habitats.
Participants will each receive a free Quick Key to Ruling Out Maine’s Eleven Most Unwanted Invasive Aquatic Plants, and the practice skills needed to spot suspicious plants while out recreating on the water.
All Invasive Plant Patrol workshops are provided, free of charge to participants, by Lake Stewards of Maine. These workshops are funded in large part by a grant from the Maine Department of Environmental
Protection with funds generated by Maine Lake and River Protection Sticker Program. Additional support for the workshops comes from foundation grants, private donations, and the generosity of local sponsors.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Contact the Lake Stewards of Maine at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 783-7733 to register. For online registration and workshop schedule updates, visit www.lakestewardsofmaine.org/invasive-plant-patrol-workshops/
Anyone interested in learning about aquatic invaders is welcome to participate in LSM workshops.
Those who wish to become active members of Maine’s early detection team and to make a formal commitment to the statewide endeavor, are encouraged to become Certified IPP Volunteers.
Lake Stewards of Maine, formerly known as the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, is the oldest, and one of the largest, citizen-based lake monitoring programs in the nation, according to the release. Through its internationally-recognized Invasive Plant Patrol program, LSM has now trained more than 4500 Plant Patrollers across the state of Maine.
For more information regarding Invasive Plant Patrol Workshops, the threat of aquatic invaders in Maine, or Lake Stewards of Maine, contact: