Watershed Stewards Program Offered for Beech Hill Pond

Contact: Laura Wilson, (207) 581-2971, lwilson@umext.maine.edu

Otis, ME— University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host the Watershed Stewards Program at Beech Hill School in Otis this fall, focusing on the water quality of Beech Hill Pond.

Maine lakes are at risk from development, landscapes, and invasive species. The Watershed Stewards Program trains volunteers to recognize and reduce those risks. Residents of other lakes an ponds can also gain valuable knowledge from this program, and are encouraged to attend.

This seven-week workshop series begins on Thursday, Sept. 17, with meetings Thursday evenings at the school from 6:30 – 9 p.m. There is no cost for this program, but participants are asked to volunteer 20 hours in service to their lake within one year.

Project partners include the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Beech Hill Pond Association. Topics will include Lakes 101, Septic System Maintenance, Shoreland Zoning, and many more.

To register for thisprogram, or for more information, call Laura Wilson at 581-2971, or e-mail lwilson@umext.maine.edu.