PPA Spring Newsletter
Read the May 2021 newsletter - here
Fellows Cove Fall Boat Take Out Dates
(For those who are not in the Parker Lake Shores Association)
There is a $30 fee to take out (check payable to "PPA")
Parker Pond Association $30 membership dues must also be up to date. You can pay these dues at the boat launch site (presumably paid by most at the spring/summer launch)
Please e-mail Bob Weimont to make a reservation and to request a time. We are trying to schedule in the first half of the day (8:30 - 12:30 - Every half hour as needed)
Note: 2 axle trailers are now permitted as long as the combined weight of boat, motor and trailer does not exceed 6500 lbs. Recreational ONLY. No marina barges or other commercial traffic of any kind.
Message from Dave Markovchick, President
Those of you who attended our annual meeting were fortunate to hear from John (Buddy) Cummings, President of the Androscoggin Lake Association (ALIC). Buddy told in great detail what his Association’s volunteers, 30 Mile River Watershed Association and the State of Maine have done to mount eradication efforts and to prevent further spread of the invasive variable water-milfoil found in Lake Androscoggin last fall. Since Parker Pond is part of the same (30 Mile) watershed as Androscoggin, Buddy’s remarks were a giant wake-up call.
Perhaps his most important message was that we need to follow 30 Mile’s efforts and significantly ramp up our prevention and early detection activities on Parker Pond. These are the two most cost-effective things we can do together to help us avoid literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of expense, decreased property values and years of remediation.
HERE’S THE ASK:
1. Watch an 8-minute award-winning movie about the problem in Maine by clicking on this link.
2. Sign up for the Training for Invasive Plant Patrol and Courtesy Boat Inspections by contacting Lidie Robbins at: Lidie@30mileriver.org (293-4043)
If you signed up at the annual meeting no need to sign up again. Volunteering just a few hours per month can help, and if you’re unsure of making the volunteering commitment, it’s a good idea to sign up for the training if for no other purpose than to know one (invasive plant) when you see one.
Of course, there’s one more thing each of us can do on our own: Sign up for a LakeSmart Education / Evaluation for your property. This provides information to best protect the Water Quality of our lake at your property. Sandy and Joan Beal
Sign Up for a LakeSmart Visit!
Calling all shorefront owners: Parker Pond needs your help!
As the threats to our pond become more challenging with invasive plants, warming water and stormwater runoff, you may ask “What can I do to help?”
LakeSmart is an educational and reward program that helps lakefront owners manage their properties in ways that protect water quality and property values. Trained volunteers will evaluate your property and provide individualized suggestions for keeping stormwater runoff out of the lake. These improvements can go a long way towards diminishing algae growth and keeping the water clean and swimmable.
We can do an evaluation in about an hour, outside, with safety precautions. The evaluation is free and non-regulatory.
Improvements often can be done yourself, or if needed with the help of the Youth Conservation Corps of the 30 Mile River Watershed Association.
Please help our lake and take advantage of this tried and true program for the sake of our lake by signing up for a free visit today!
Contact LakeSmart coordinator, Deb Cayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-320-0379
Updated September 2021 by Webmaster