It is time for the 12th Annual Hancock County Lakes Survey week,
August 17-23, 2015. During this week, volunteers throughout Hancock County will
survey lakes for the presence of invasive aquatic plants.
Will you join us?
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
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
Our Upcoming Workshops/Training page has
additional information on plant
identification workshops, You can also call the District office at 667-8663 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information
about our Hancock County Lakes Survey Week.
This important work can’t be accomplished