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.

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