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Public Forum Planning Committee

Committee Members: Chair: Rosie Hartzler, Gretchen Anderson, Kimberly Darling, Chantal Scott, Nancy Lightbody, Donna Chapman



HIGHLAND LAKE PUBLIC FORUM 

March 21, 2018  |  7:00 pm 

Windham High School Auditorium
406 Gray Rd, Windham, ME 04062
 
Presentations by the experts about the situation at Highland Lake were followed by a one hour interaction with the speakers. This was an opportunity to have questions answered to the many challenging aspects of the picocyanobacteria bloom that has been occurring annually on Highland Lake over the past few years.
 
Highlights of this public forum include:
  • Wendy Garland (DEP) – an overview of the situation at Highland Lake based on her years of experience interacting with the HLA and watershed residents. View her presentation.
  • Dr. Karen Wilson, (Professor at USM ) – presented the science behind the bloom at Highland Lake. Her discussion helped provide an understanding of the seriousness of this phenomenon and what might need to be done to get a handle on managing the bloom. View her presentation
  • Heather True (Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District) and Gretchen Anderson (Stormwater Compliance Officer for Windham and Gorham)  - in a collaborative presentation they described Best Management Practices that we can all undertake on our properties to reduce the phosphorus entering the lake.  
Prior to and following the forum, there will be opportunity for you to consider numerous volunteer opportunities with the HLA in the coming months. Learn what is going on, and to get involved. It’s going to take all of us, as in  “it takes a village” to resolve the “troubled waters” at Highland Lake. 
 
NOTE:  THE FORUM WILL BE TAPED FOR RE-BROADCAST AT A LATER DATE.     
 
This event was organized by the Highland Lake Leadership Team; a partnership between the Highland Lake Association, Town of Windham, Town of Falmouth, Maine DEP and the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District.