Hancock County
Soil & Water Conservation District

Annual Lakes Survey Week 

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It's easy to get involved!

Volunteers pick a public boat launch or a hand-carried access point on a lake or pond to perform a quick survey to check for invasive aquatic plants. Training, survey forms, and most field equipment (including underwater view scopes) are provided. You can find more information about training for the lakes survey on our Workshops/Trainings page. Surveys take approximately one hour to complete. Early detection is crucial for protecting our lakes and ponds. 



Why does this work matter?


Invasive aquatic plants, already present in 46 water bodies in Maine, spread rapidly and are virtually impossible and extremely costly to remove once established.  Invasive plants can devastate a lake’s recreational uses and beauty and can lead to reduced property values along the lake (which leads to higher property taxes elsewhere).  Heavy traffic areas, such as boat launches, tend to be the first location of invasive aquatic plant growth as plant fragments are accidentally spread from boat trailers, canoes, kayaks, etc. that have recently been in infested lakes.  Early detection of these plants is the best defense, since once they are established, eradication is extremely difficult (if not impossible) and very costly. 

Registration is required to attend the training. If you are interested in being trained to identify invasive aquatic plants, please contact the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at 783-7733 or register online at www.mainevolunteerlakemonitors.org. Our Upcoming Workshops/Training page has additional information on plant identification workshops, You can also call the District office at 667-8663 or email hancockcountyswcd@outlook.com if you would like more information about our Hancock County Lakes Survey Week. 

This important work can’t be accomplished without you! 



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