Watershed surveys - RWPA can provide technical guidance in doing surveys to identify non-point sources of erosion which can lead to phosphorus loading and eventually eutrophication of the water body.
Lake associations - RWPA can assist communications between lake associations, or help you organize a lake association if you don't already have one.
Invasive plant surveys - RWPA can help you organize invasive plant surveys and get education in invasive-species identification and removal. See below under "Invasive Species"
Private road associations - RWPA can assist in the formation of a road association, provide information about the Maine Private Way Law, and help you decide what type of association works best for you, ie., 1) Informal by consent or agreement; 2) Statutory road association, or 3) A non-profit corporation road association.
Click here for the DEP Gravel Road Maintenance Manual.
For the Property Owner
Erosion control - soil erosion is the principal source of phosphorus which leads to algae blooms, oxygen depletion, fish kills, and eutrophication (read: death) of lakes and ponds. If you have concerns about erosion on your property, RWPA can provide skilled evaluation, design, and guidance in controlling your erosion problems.
Questionable waterplants - Have you noticed plants in your lake that don't look familiar? That you think might be invasive? Give us a call, and we'll put you in touch with someone who can check your plants and tell you if they're a problem. PLEASE don't hesitate to call; we'd rather have a hundred false alarms than miss one new infestation. Many waterplants look alike; some are dangerous and some aren't, and if you haven't been trained in plant identification, it can be difficult to tell the difference.
And if you'd like to learn more about invasive water plants and animals, there are FREE classes available for you learn. Join the crew, get a great free plant identification manual, and help conduct invasive-plant surveys on your lake or pond.
RWPA provides CBI's (Courtesy Boat Inspectors) at boat ramps to help you check your boat and trailer for invasive water plants, to keep them from spreading from one water body to another. (Boats should be checked both before going into the water, and after coming out.) If you meet one of our CBI's, please give him/her an ear, and take a few minutes to help prevent the spread of these dangerous invaders.
Identification, surveys - If you'd like to learn how to identify invasive plants, or organize an invasive-plant survey for your lake or pond, we can put you in touch with the people who can help. See the previous section about learning more.
DASH boat - RWPA operates a DASH boat (Diver Assisted Suction Harvester) removing invasive milfoil from Sebago Lake. You're likely to see it weekdays in upper Jordan Bay, around the marinas, rivers, and canals. When operating, the boat has divers underwater, working on removing the milfoil. Please go slowly, and steer clear, for the safety of our divers. Thank you.
From time to time, RWPA recruits certified divers and other crew members to work on the DASH boat. If you're interested, give us a call and we'll put you on the list.
Education / Outreach
RWPA is working on ideas for developing programs for summer camps and school classes, to teach the next generation about invasive plants, erosion control, and watershed stewardship. Anyone with energy, ideas, and relevant skills is welcome to contact us and see if we can use another hand.