January 15, 2016 at 12:00 am
Join MEREDA for breakfast on February 10th from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at Hollywood Casino Bangor for a thought provoking conversation and learn about trends in Maine lake health, new cross-sector initiatives to protect our lakes, and how a program called LakeSmart can help communities safeguard their freshwater resources.
Maine lakes are not only beautiful, they are a surprisingly powerful economic engine — generating more than $3.5 billion in annual spending, providing more jobs than any single Maine employer, fueling countless local businesses, supplying drinking water to half our residents, and contributing to the municipal tax revenues that fund essential services in many Maine towns. Our clean, clear lakes support a cornucopia of goods, from limitless four-season recreation to vital wildlife habitat, aesthetic enjoyment, and a quality of life most other states can only envy.
We have long depended on them, but our lakes are not immune from the serious water quality problems plaguing people around the world today. Here at home we have seen nuisance algae blooms and murky depths on some lakes ruin the fun for everyone, and we’ve learned that it’s both costly and very difficult to undo this kind of damage.
The good news is that we have in hand a proven way to help prevent these dreaded outcomes on developed lakes: it’s a program called LakeSmart. Under the direction of the Maine Lakes Society, LakeSmart’s non-regulatory, user-friendly approach delivers individually designed, site-specific landscaping recommendations to lakefront property owners to keep lake waters clean and healthy. In this way, it enables lake communities to take the future of lakes into their own hands. Maine businesses, most particularly the realtors, developers, landscapers and nurserymen who deal with homeowners and their plans every day, have a big role to play in this groundbreaking effort.
The conversation will be led by Maggie Shannon (Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance and Belgrade Lakes Association) and Gail Rizzo (Designated Broker with Lakepoint Real Estate).
This MEREDA "Morning Menu" Breakfast Event is Sponsored by Rudman Winchell & Bangor Savings Bank.
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