Call to Action

We all know the story.  Things that don’t belong in the ecosystem, like invasive plants, shouldn’t be there.  They disturb the balance that nature so carefully created.  The result is almost always bad.  Prevention is always the best solution.  While good prevention costs money, it is far less than fighting an invasion.

The Keoka Lake Emergency Fund (KLEF) has been established to ensure that lake goers are educated, resources are trained, and action plans are in place.  If an invasion is spotted then then the right resources can be applied immediately to prevent an all out war.  This is what will keep our lake beautiful for generations to come.

KLEF is based on the experience from lake associations around us.  We have included some of their stories and what we have learned from them.  These lakes are fighting and generally winning.  They have seen the damage that can be done to recreation, property values, and water quality.  We want to make sure that their story does not become our story.

Annabessacook Lake (48.7 miles away)

Prevention Lessons Learned

The milfoil invasion in Annabessacook was found through the Courtesy Boat Inspection process.  While CBI did not prevent the outbreak, it helped the teams develop new prevention practices.  With better resources and planning in place Annabessacook has become a “Cinderella story” and they are working hard to never fall prey to milfoil again. 

Lake Arrowhead (44.8 miles away)

Fighting the Green Monster

Lake Arrowhead was not able to prevent an invasion and was losing the war.  They had to develop new tools to fight milfoil.  DASH, a pontoon boat modified to vacuum milfoil from the water was born.  It is now the state-of-the-art in fighting a full blown infestation.  

China Lake (86.4 miles away)

Damaging the Water Supply

Milfoil is not the only danger.  Development, and the runoff that often comes with it, put chemicals in the water that result in algae blooms.  China Lake’s algae problems threatened the area’s water supply.

Long Lake (12.9 miles away)

Near and Present Danger

Long Lake has been dealing with milfoil since 2006.  Courtesy Boat Inspections continue to find milfoil fragments at the boat launches and the number of “saves” is on the rise.

Keoka Lake

Tale of Two Futures

Long Lake has been dealing with milfoil since 2006.  Courtesy Boat Inspections continue to find milfoil fragments at the boat launches and the number of “saves” is on the rise.

Keoka Lake Association, PO Box 97 Waterford, ME  04088