Resources created specifically for the Highland Lake Leadership Team
2018 WATERSHED SURVEY: FINAL REPORT
This report was prepared to inform and provide guidance to everyone concerned about preserving and protecting Highland Lake. It provides the results and analysis of a watershed survey conducted on May 19, 2018, followed by visits to all the sites identified during the survey for purposes of quality assurance and control of field data collected by the volunteers. In addition, this report includes basic information about how to protect lake water quality
PUBLIC FORUM: FACT SHEET
Created for the Highland Lake Public Forum for watershed residents to learn about common lake pollutants as well as additional helpful resources to be a steward of the lake!
PUBLIC FORUM: LAKE HISTORY PRESENTATION
Presentation given at the Highland Lake Public Forum by Wendy Garland, the DEP Non-Point Source Program Coordinator. The presentation contains an overview Highland Lake's history based on Wendy's years of experience interacting with the Highland Lake Association and watershed residents.
PUBLIC FORUM: LAKE SCIENCE PRESENTATION
Presentation given at the Highland Lake Public Forum by Dr. Karen Wilson, an aquatics ecologist and USM professor. The presentation contains overview of scientific measurements taken to determine the cause of the algal bloom. Her discussion helped provide an understanding of the bloom's seriousness and what may need to be done to manage and re-mediate the bloom.
PUBLIC FORUM: BMP PRESENTATION
Presentation given at the Highland lake Public Forum by Heather Huntt, Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District Project Manager, and Gretchen Anderson, Town of Windham's Environmental & Sustainability Coordinator. The collaborative presentation contains Best Management Practices (BMP) that lake watershed residents can complete to reduce phosphorus from entering the lake.
GRAVEL ROAD WORKSHOP: PRESENTATION
Presentation given by John Maclaine, a DEP environmental specialist, to private road owners in both Windham and Falmouth. Presentation gave an overview on gravel road maintenance, common problems & fixes, as well as road evaluation strategy.
WATERSHED SURVEY: PAMPHLET
Pamphlet was created for the Watershed Survey. It was given to watershed residents and landowners if they had questions regarding the survey.
Resources outside of the HLLT that are still helpful!
GRAVEL ROAD MAINTENANCE MANUAL
A guide on how to maintain and improve gravel roads while protecting the water quality of our waterbodies. Created by the Kennebec Soil and Water Conservation Disrict and the Maine DEP.
A guide to creating vegetated buffers for lakefront properties. The handbook provides information about landscaping shoreline for lake protection as well as provides tips for planning and planting on the shoreline. Handbook create by the Androscroggin Soil and Water Conservation District and Lake & Watershed Resource Management Associates.
GOT PESTS: ONLINE RESOURCE
Online resource that provides homeowners a way to quickly identify pest problems and obtain information on least-risk management options. Created by the Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine IPM Council.
CONSERVATION PRACTICES FOR HOMEOWNERS
Fact sheets with instructions, diagrams, & photos profiling common conservation practices that homeowners can use to protect water quality. Examples include: Ditch Turnouts, Infiltration Steps, Rain Gardens. Created by the Maine DEP and Portland Water District.
SEPTIC SYSTEM MAINTENANCE GUIDE
A guide created to help homeowners understand their septic systems, such as identifying a failing septic system and tips to prevent septic failure. Created by the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District.