7 Lakes Alliance recognizes both the unique ecosystems represented in each of the Belgrade Lakes and challenges that come with the lakes being connected. 7 Lakes Alliance promotes voluntary collaboration and partnership with local Lake Associations to both create and share resources and innovative solutions to conservation challenges.
President: Carol Johnson
The Belgrade Lakes Association was officially formed in 1908 by volunteers who were concerned with fishing, safety and proper behavior on Great Pond and Long Pond. These concerns continue today and are addressed, along with many new challenges to the lakes, by a strong and healthy association of volunteers.
In 2008 BLA initiated the Docks to Doorways project, designed to promote good lake stewardship practice and better connect the community with our valued lake resources. Docks to Doorways inspired our partnership with Colby College and raised the funds needed to build the Maine Lakes Resource Center. It is a shining example of BLA’s forward thinking ideas.
President: Rob Jones
The East Pond Association is an incredibly active and enthusiastic volunteer membership of a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of East Pond. This lake is a 1,800 acre spring-fed lake located in the towns of Oakland and Smithfield in Maine. The purpose of the East Pond Association is to inform and educate interested parties in the ways they can help to protect and improve the water quality of the lake by controlling erosion and run-off and minimizing developmental impact. The East Pond Association is also partnered in innovative water quality improvement studies and pilot projects through Colby College, the University of Maine, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department.
President: Michael Guarino
Friends of Messalonskee, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is dedicated to the preservation of Snow Pond. Its purpose is to educate the public and promote the responsible use of the lake through organizing, conducting, and supporting projects, programs, and activities.
President: Jenny Allen
The purpose of the McGrath Pond/Salmon Lake Association is to preserve and protect the natural character, enhance the water quality, and promote responsible use of these lakes for the benefit of all.
President: Jodie Mosher-Towle
The purpose of the North Pond Association is to support and conduct social, educational, and stewardship efforts to benefit the natural environment of North Pond and Little Pond. Over the last 30 years, the association’s responsibilities have grown to include testing the lake water, marking hazards, and providing funding for courtesy boat inspections to prevent the introduction of invasive plant species like milfoil into this beautiful lake.