Stewardship: "the responsibility to take care of something".
Our most important function as stewards of Hobbs and Fish Ponds is to help preserve the clean water in which we love to swim, boat, and fish. The more we know and understand about how a pond works as an ecosystem, the better able we are to tell when changes are happening. The following articles and page links address several issues every pond or lake faces, as well as opportunities to learn more about our ponds.
Clearer Water in Maine Lakes Found in 2010
Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, found that a relatively high percentage of Maine lakes were clearer than their historical average in 2010. In 2008 and 2009, both historically wet years, the clarity of Maine lakes had decreased below long term averages. But in 2010, a relatively dry year, that trend reversed and many lakes (64.9%) became clearer than their long term averages. It seems that dry weather, perhaps related to lower amounts of runoff from shoreland zones, promotes lake health.
While the weather is uncontrollable, we can practice simple conservation practices (see links below) that help protect our lakes.
- A Laker's Dozen
- Camp Roads are Maine's #1 lake enemy...
- Risky Mulch
- Rain Gardens
- Do's and Don't of Docks
- Yardscaping (PDF)
- Getting a New Motor for your Boat?
- Zen and the Art of BMP's
- Think Spring
- What is LakeSmart?
Vegetated buffer strips are beneficial in filtering pollutants from stormwater runoff. There are also a number of camp road related practices that help keep pollutants from finding their ways into our lakes. The result of these types of actions is clearer, cleaner and healthier lakes.
Maine DEP Resources for Shorefront Property Owners
The Maine DEP has a number of resources for lake conservation (Shorefront friendly-living practices) in their "Water" section, as well as several links to outside sources. It's a good place to learn more about how we can become better stewards of our lakes. Click http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/lakes/topic.html here to navigate to this site.