It’s spring here in the Megunticook Watershed, docks are being put in and camps are opening. Below are a few items I’ve been meaning to distribute.
April in the Watershed- Attached are a few pics from Warden Dale
LakeSmart– Springtime also means rain; we’ve been getting a fair charge of rain the last 2 weeks and are expecting 1 to 2 inches Friday night into Saturday. All this rain means it is an excellent time to inspect, repair and improve your camp road. Camp roads are a significant source of stormwater runoff around the watershed and the eroded gravel and dirt damage the water quality of Norton Pond and Megunticook Lake. Interested in improving your property and reducing your stormwater impacts to the watershed. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free LakeSmart evaluation this summer. Many properties can be improved with some simple, low cost, suggestions. Here’s a FAQ about LakeSmart http://mainelakessociety.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-lakesmart/
Maine Lakes Conference- 47th Annual Maine Lakes Conference! 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, June 24, 2017
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine at Orono
Your Lake, Your Home: Community-based Lake Protection
This is a great chance to explore emerging lake science, learn how to supercharge our lake association, and network with others on the frontlines.
Now a warning… Recently a MWA member sent me a link about Electric Shock Drowning and asked if it was a potential concern. The short answer is electricity and water should always be a concern! Fresh Water + Alternating Current (AC) = Danger.
Electric shock drowning is a cause of death that occurs when swimmers are exposed to electric currents in the water. In some cases the shock itself is fatal, while in others it incapacitates the swimmer causing them to drown. The main cause of electric shock drownings is faulty wiring on boats or docks that causes electric current to leak into the water.
Here is my thinking on the topic:
1. To my knowledge this has never occurred in the Watershed.
2. While we don’t have marinas and AC shore power for boats some folks do have AC power to their docks for lights etc.
3. I know my family has used AC powered battery chargers on our floats to “jump start” boat batteries; and I know many other MWA members have as well.
4. Any AC power around the water is a risk.
So, as my sainted mother used to say “Word to the Wise”. As I said, to my knowledge we have not had a drowning due to electrocution but…If you have AC power on your float, it should be installed by a licensed electrician. If you are using an extension cord (say to power that battery charger) make sure it is good shape and plugged into a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet. Oh, and it’s probably a good idea to get the kids out of the water while your charging that battery.
Here’s some links for some more info:
Stay safe and see you on the water!