Why Do Lakes Like Less Lawn? Whether you have lakefront property or live many feet from the lake, you can help protect lake water quality by reducing your lawn and making your property more beautiful and more valuable at the same time. The goal of this publication is to show you how! When it rains, most of the water runs off smooth surfaces, such as lawns, instead of soaking in. And shallow grass root systems do little to prevent soil erosion. This means fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns end up in the lake where they feed algae and degrade water quality. Eroded soil also feeds algae and too much algae in a lake can make the water murky and green. Studies have shown that property values are lower on lakes with less clear water. Too much algae in a lake also lowers oxygen levels in the water which can threaten cold water fish species, other wildlife, and a healthy lake habitat. By planting a variety of trees, shrubs, ground covers, and flowering perennials you can protect the lake. All of these have deeper root systems that hold soil in place, absorb more runoff, and filter out more pollutants than grass. Native plant species are the best to use because they are adapted to local conditions. This means they require little maintenance once established, so you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy the lake. Plus, they provide important habitat and food for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. (link above to full article)
The crew from New England Milfoil will be back at work removing milfoil from Collins Pond. Grants from the Maine DEP and the Town of Windham are helping to support this work, along with your donations.
NE Milfoil Schedule:
Sunday June 30 – Wednesday, July 3rd. (Two DASH boats working during this time.)
Monday, September 23 – Thursday, September 26th ( One DASH Boat)
Here are some ways you can help with the effort!
Click on the DONATE button to assist in this effort.
Rake up lose milfoil from your shoreline.
Help find a location nearby to accepted the milfoil we harvest or if you have land you can allocate for this purpose, please email Roger or Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com The further away New England Milfoil has to travel to dispose the milfoil, the less time they have to harvest on our pond.
Did you know Milfoil is touted as a wonderful fertilizer for gardens. See below links to articles on how milfoil is being used on organic farms.
Evergreen Credit Union has selected Collins Pond Improvement Association to be one of the beneficiaries of their 2nd Annual Evergreen Fundraising jetski Raffle!
Howard Lowell, VP of Evergreen Credit Union stated ” We hope the funds donated can help your efforts to protect and preserve lake quality, including educating lake-shore residents and visitors. We know how important lake quality is to the overall health of the community” It is so wonderful to have the support of one of our local business! Did you know Evergreen Credit Union was voted one of 2016 Best Places to work in Maine! Learn more about this local company and their services at www.egcu.org
First prize: a 2018 EX waverunner with courtesy package valued at $10,000+. Donated by Long Lake Marina. Actual jetski can be seen in our Windham and Riverside branches
Tickets are now on sale so run down to the Windham Branch and pickup your tickets to support all these great causes and pass the word! You might even win a JetSki! How awesome is that!
Ticket books are available in all Evergreen CU branches. Ticket prices:
The Collins Pond West Side Road Association has invited The Collins Pond Improvement Association to join them for a Workshop on Road & Property Maintenance. For more information please click on this invitation: Road & Property Maintenance Workshop Invitation.