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Warden’s Report June 2016

Posted on | June 16, 2016 | No Comments

Warden’s Report from Dale,

What a difference a couple of days meant!  Last weekend was cold and dry, mid-June and in the low 50s, great if it was April, but was mid June.  Monday and Tuesday were cool and very windy, with gusts to 40 mph.  This has been the norm not the exception all spring.  Well, if a  cold spring will bring a super nice summer here we go!  Now it’s brilliant blue sky and 75 as I write this.

On the water the loons have nested with  reports of chicks on the upper Megunticook River and Norton Pond. I have seen the chick on Norton pond . It’s black about six inches long  and swimming along with parents. There are more nests on the lake with adults still sitting on eggs so please, if you see a nest, give it a wide berth.

The gosling’s around the lake are starting to show color . Some are much older than others so keep a sharp eye out for them.

If you are water skiing or tubing remember that you must have observer in the boat at least 12 years of age looking back at the people being towed . This is the law and you will be stopped without a spotter.

Have fun and put safety first on the waters.
Lake Warden Dale Dougherty

46th Annual Maine Lakes Conference

Posted on | June 16, 2016 | No Comments

2016 Maine Lakes Conference logo for web page

 Saturday, June 25, 2016

Conference Program updated 6-02-16 (pdf)       Conference Program  (web)

Conference Sponsors


Join us at the 46th Annual Maine Lakes Conference! This year we look to the future of Maine lakes monitoring and protection, and the myriad ways citizens can get involved in lakes protection.  Our Keynote Speaker, Holly Ewing of Bates College, will introduce us to the latest research on Gloeotrichia blooms and GLEON, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network, which is helping scientists and citizens alike better understand and communicate the way lakes are responding to our changing climate.

 Additional Workshops include:

  • Cyanotoxins and Maine’s developing Public Alert System for Harmful Algal Blooms
  • What’s that stuff in the water? The appearance of metaphyton and other algae in our lakes and ponds
  • Long term, statewide collaborative lake monitoring efforts 
  • Special guest Friends of Lake Winnecook
  • The latest “Get Smart” tips from LakeSmart and StreamSmart
  • Hands on instruction with lake monitoring technology
  • Our new partnership with Maine Audubon’s Loon Program
  • Creative tools for translating water quality data into meaningful communications
  • Fisheries restoration and impacts on wildlife
  • Nature Journaling   ~   Art Exhibit
  • Lunchtime breakouts: Council of Lake Associations, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and Invasive Plant Monitoring FAQ’s

The annual conference will be at the fabulous Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity, Maine.  FMI: Cheryl Daigle, Executive Director

Email:  Phone: 207-817-3360

Protecting the Megunticook Watershed- Camden Public Library June 7, 7:00PM

Posted on | June 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Protecting the Megunticook Watershed- Camden Public Library June 7, 7:00PM

Paul Leeper, Executive Director of the Megunticook Watershed Association (MWA), will present an illustrated talk on “Protecting the Megunticook Watershed” on the Megunticook Watershed Association’s LakeSmart and Watershed Stewards Programs at the Camden Public Library Tuesday evening, June 7, at 7:00 pm. Leeper will discuss the LakeSmart program that offers FREE opportunities for homeowners to learn how to manage their home and yard to protect the water quality of their lake or pond. The goal of LakeSmart is to change the increasingly common suburban landscaping practices around lakes to more natural, lake-friendly environments.  He will show how to prevent stormwater runoff in ways that are both effective and attractive.

He will also discuss the Watershed Stewards Program. This project educates area students on the problems our water resources are facing and trains them in methods to combat these threats. “We train our Watershed Stewards to conduct Courtesy Boat Inspections, Invasive Plant Patrols, and conduct water quality monitoring,” he said. Leeper will also report on the Courtesy Boat Inspections (which prevents invasive aquatic plants like milfoil from entering our waters); the Invasive Aquatic Plant Surveys- where stewards search for invasive plants in Megunticook Lake and Norton Pond; and, Water Quality Monitoring- where the stewards measure water clarity and dissolved oxygen levels.


Free Fishing Weekend June 4 & 5

Posted on | June 2, 2016 | Comments Off on Free Fishing Weekend June 4 & 5

free fishing weekend

Photo by Chris Bard

Free fishing weekend will take place on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, when any person may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked.

All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply.

Fishing always provides great memories, especially when you help a child experience the joys of fishing for the first time. Free fishing weekend is the perfect time for people of all ages to try their hand at fishing and see why the sport is such a beloved Maine tradition.

Fishing is one of the most popular ways to enjoy Maine’s great outdoors. There are wonderful fishing opportunities throughout the state on the nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds and more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams.

It’s our hope that families would take advantage of this weekend, and of what Maine has to offer. Introducing new or young anglers to the sport is a great way to carry on the tradition of fishing in Maine and to teach the importance of conservation and wise use of our natural resources.

The Department stocks more than 1 million fish each year and manages more than 20 species of freshwater game fish. You can view the updated stocking report by clicking HERE.

The Department also offers a free ice fishing weekend in February each year.

For a complete list of fishing regulations, including limits and sizes, visit

For more information on fishing opportunities in Maine, visit

Be sure to get out and cast a line this weekend and consider introducing a new angler to the sport and as always, be safe and smart on Maine’s waterways!

Penbay Pilot Article about MWA’s new Lake Warden Dale Dougherty

Posted on | April 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Penbay Pilot Article about MWA’s new Lake Warden Dale Dougherty

Megunticook Watershed Association hires new lake warden

Posted on | April 25, 2016 | Comments Off on Megunticook Watershed Association hires new lake warden

4-25-16-04The MWA Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Dale Dougherty as our new Lake Warden.  Dale, a native of Camden, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the watershed to the job.  Dale is the son of Carleton Dougherty, a founding member of the Association.  Dale grew up on Megunticook Lake and Norton Pond fishing, hunting, and boating.  He was good friends with Ken Bailey and helped him many times over the years rescuing loose boats and floats, and cleaning up the shore line of old foam, floating lumber, and trees.

Dale has worked in the marine trades for many years, and has captained boats out of Islesboro and Camden.  He also was the head alpine ski coach at Camden Rockport high school for over 20 years.

Currently Dale is working with outgoing Warden Justin, learning the job.  Dale says he hopes he can continue the great work started by Ken Bailey, and continued by Justin, keeping the Megunticook Watershed a safe and beautiful place to live, work and play for

Justin will be on the job training Dale until June 1st.  So you will be seeing Warden reports from both Justin and Dale.  After June 1st Justin will be filling in as needed.

So if you see Dale out and about in the patrol boat wave him over and introduce yourself!



Growing greener lawns, gardens at Rockport natural practices landscaping forum

Posted on | April 25, 2016 | Comments Off on Growing greener lawns, gardens at Rockport natural practices landscaping forum


Posted on | April 16, 2016 | Comments Off on RED FLAG FIRE WARNING SAT. APRIL 16

Red Flag Warning

317 AM EDT SAT APR 16 2016



What Does an Early Ice-Out Mean for Water Quality?

Posted on | April 6, 2016 | Comments Off on What Does an Early Ice-Out Mean for Water Quality?

Here’s a link to a Bangor Daily article discussing

What an early spring means for Maine’s lakes

Upcoming Events

Posted on | March 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Upcoming Events

Head to our Upcoming Events page to see what’s happening in the area.

A couple of note are:

Penobscot Watershed Conference: Sharing our Heritage, Challenges, and Future on April 9th and

Invasive Forest Pests Workshops April 6 in Wiscasset and April 12 in Searsmont.

keep looking »


Megunticook Watershed Association
P.O. Box 443, Camden, ME 04843
Paul Leeper
Executive Director


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The Megunticook Watershed Association (MWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of lakes, rivers and estuaries. Our organization and our members play an important role in keeping this wonderful resource available for recreation by locals and visitors to the midcoast region.