Save our Lands to Save our 7 Lakes!
Help 7 Lakes Alliance Protect
the Belgrade Lakes Region!
Here in the Belgrade Lakes watershed, it is important to remember that the quality of our water depends on the health of our lands. Undeveloped land is the best filter for preventing phosphorus from eroding into the lakes and causing algal blooms. Climate change and changing weather patterns are bringing more intense rain events, increasing the amount of run-off that carries phosphorus into our waters. Therefore, land conservation provides critical protection of the lakes and their tributaries that define the Belgrade Lakes watershed.
7 Lakes Alliance leads the charge year-round against the threat of green lakes, as well as invasive aquatic plants in our waters. In addition to our extensive water quality initiatives, land conservation is a critical component of our work to ensure the health of our waters.
Currently, nearly 12,000 acres, or 10% of the watershed, is protected from development. Nationally recognized conservation principles suggest that closer to 30% of land should be conserved to better protect water quality and habitat for wildlife, and provide recreational opportunities. Reaching this target over the next decade is an ambitious, yet reachable, goal with the support of everyone who values the timeless beauty of our lakes and lands. With finite and diminishing acreage of undeveloped land available for conservation, the time to act is now.
The Belgrade Lakes Watershed has never needed you more! Thanks to a generous donor, your contribution will be doubled with a dollar-for-dollar match through September 30, 2023. Help 7 Lakes invest in the future of our lakes and lands!
How You Can Help...
Create a native plant buffer between your lawn and the water. Grass lawns do not prevent runoff due to shallow root systems. Phosphorus is in all soil, even if you don't use fertilizer!
Work towards getting your property LakeSmart certified.
Get a conservation easement on your land.
Donate to 7 Lakes Alliance. Act now and your donation will be matched by a generous donor through September 30, 2023.
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Conserving the lands and waters of
the Belgrade Lakes Region for all.
Ours is both an immediate challenge to our watershed and a need to balance conservation, protection and the needs of all who live and work in the region. To meet this challenge, in late December 2017, the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance and the Maine Lakes Resource Center combined forces to create 7 Lakes Alliance.