The East Pond Association is undergoing a strategy shift in fighting algae blooms on the pond.
Over the past several years, the organization, which operates in Oakland and Smithfield, has slowly come to terms with the idea that reversing the conditions that caused the blooms in the first place will require thousands of small actions, rather than one big one.
“We’ve been looking for magic bullets, something that would just fix things,” said Rob Jones, 67, a former Smithfield selectman who has been president of the association for the past five years.
“Our association’s thrust now is to reverse the death by a thousand cuts that’s happened over the last few decades,” Jones said.
Algae blooms aren’t the only thing that threaten the health of a lake or pond, but the risk they pose is so severe that they get a lot of attention from environmental groups.
Maine Congress of Lake Associations took over stewardship recognition program from state Department of Environmental Protection in 2012
LakeSmart, a program that seeks to improve lake health, has more than tripled in size this year, its first in the hands of a private nonprofit group.
Mel Croft, left, leaves his dock on East Pond with Rob Jones, center, and Gordon Woods, right, to install speed-limit buoys Friday morning at both ends of the Serpentine, a mile-long, narrow stretch of shallow water that connects East Pond with North Pond.
Rob Jones maneuvers a speed-warning buoy Friday morning on East Pond near the Serpentine, a mile-long, narrow stretch of shallow water that connects East Pond with North Pond. The buoys are part of the LakeSmart program which was implemented on East Pond.
The program, which gives official recognition to good stewards of lakefront property, was created in 2004 by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Handful of sandhill crane nesting sites on Serpentine between East, North ponds in Smithfield threatened by boaters' wakes
SMITHFIELD — Speeding boaters and Jet Skiers along the Serpentine waterway may be threatening the sandhill crane, a species that recently returned to Maine after being pushed to the brink of extinction.
Christine Keller paddles along the Serpentine waterway, a three-mile waterway that cuts across a peat bog as it connects East and North ponds, on Thursday. Speeding boaters and personal watercraft operators along the Serpentine waterway may be unwittingly threatening a comeback by the sandhill crane, a species that recently returned to Maine after being pushed to the brink of extinction. A speed buoy has been installed at both ends of the Serpentine waterway to help control boat traffic.