August 7 – 13, 2021Vol. 23, No. 9

Red mesh onion bags (at lower right onshore and in the inflatable boat) are filled with milfoil harvested at the boat launch at the head of Messalonskee Lake on Route 27 in Belgrade. Removal of invasive aquatic plants is one of the many services provided by local associations. More

On the Cover

Why Lake Meetings Matter

Because in Maine lakes beckon from every turn in the road…because lakes number over 6,000…because lakes are a huge economic driver…because lakes belong to and are accessible to every resident of Maine…because lakes provide recreation and inspiration and motivation and love — meetings about lakes are important. More

On the Lakes

Curly-Leaf Pondweed Found in Local Stream

Curly-leaf pondweed has been found in the stream that flows between East Pond and North Pond. Often described as looking like lasagna noodles, this invasive plant can grow in poor conditions and cold water. It has found in the area up to the dam at East Pond, but the full extent of the infestation is not yet known. More

Community Update

Youth Conservation Corps Fundraising Exceeds Goal

The Belgrade Lakes Association and the 7 Lakes Alliance together have raised over $25,000 through the Alan Charles Matching Challenge for the 7 Lakes Alliance Youth Conservation Corps. The total far exceeds the challenge goal of $15,000. More

Call of the Loon

The Circle Dance

What should you do if you find an "abandoned" loon chick? Leave it alone. 99% of chicks that appear to be abandoned have been merely "stashed" by a parent in an effort to protect them from an intruder or some other threat. More

Dams Report

Showers Every Day; Ponds More Than Full

I like England a lot, but I can do without their weather! Enough is enough! The ponds are more than full now, thank you. So full that we are starting to just tweak the gates enough to get us back DOWN to our 3″ above full pond levels. More

Barkley On Books

The Lowering Days

Gregory Brown's first novel, The Lowering Days is a Penobscot Bay story involving the arson of a polluting mill and other crimes among a close-knit community. The title comes from the name of the local paper, edited by a most unusual woman. Her husband is the creative boat builder, wooden wonders especially designed and lovingly constructed. More