Are you Buff Enough?

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

What We Learned From the Buffer Workshop.

Watch the recorded event here.

1. Efforts to Reduce Erosion in the Watershed

Through erosion control projects, 7 Lakes Alliance aims to reduce the amount of excess phosphorus entering the lakes and prevent harmful algal blooms. Since 1999, 7 Lakes Alliance has received funding from the Clean Water “319” Program, which refers to the United States Environmental Protection (US EPA) Agency Clean Water Act grant program that funds work to improve water quality. In the Belgrade Lakes watershed, East Pond, North Pond, McGrath Pond-Salmon Lake, and Long Pond all have US EPA approved management and protection plans. The Great Pond Management Plan is currently in development and will be completed by December.

Since 1999, 7 Lakes Alliance has received 319 program grants totaling $1.14 million leveraging match funds that have resulted in $1.7 million in erosion control projects throughout the watershed. A 319 grant also helped fund the East Pond alum treatment in 2018. Threatened and impaired lakes throughout Maine can qualify for these funds, but there must also be a plan to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs), such as planting buffers, rain gardens, armoring shorelines, installing infiltration steps, and other tools to divert runoff from the lakes.