Annual Lakes Survey Week
for Invasive Aquatic
for our 9th Annual Lakes Survey Week! Volunteers pick a public boat launch
or a hand-carried access point on a Hancock County lake of their choice to
perform an aquatic plant survey. Training, survey forms, and most field
equipment (including underwater view scopes) are provided and surveys take
approximately 1 hour to complete. Early detection is crucial to protecting
our lakes and ponds!
To sign up for a lake or pond please contact
the District by calling us at 667-8663 or email me at:
Please sign up for your lake before you survey to avoid conducting duplicate
Invasive aquatic plants,
already present in 33 water bodies in Southern and Mid-Coastal 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.
are interested in being trained to identify invasive aquatic plants, please call
the HCSWCD to find out about upcoming workshops.
Please check the Upcoming Trainings link for information on plant
identification workshops, or contact the District at 667-8663 or email email@example.com if you would like more information or to volunteer
during our Hancock County Lakes Survey Week.
This important work can’t be