Highland Lake Leadership Team: Education and Outreach Committee Minutes of April 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Falmouth Town Hall

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Highland Lake Leadership Team: Education and Outreach Committee

Minutes of April 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Falmouth Town Hall


Members present: Dennis Brown, Gretchen Anderson, Chantal Scott, John Maclaine, and Nancy Lightbody


·      The minutes for April 5, 2018, were unanimously accepted as written.


·      Updates on phone calls with road association leaders

      Many phone calls have been done, but there are still more to do. So far, Rosie, Tom, and Chantal have called quite a few. Dennis: “There’s nothing like a deadline to get things accomplished!”


·      Development of a presentation for road association meetings

      Gretchen has developed a Private Road PowerPoint presentation but decided that it would be better to wait to send it to all committee members until after the minutes had been circulated. John offered to add to it.


·      Update on program with Windham Middle School on April 24

      Rosie Hartzler reported by e-mail that the program was well worth our time and energy. Gretchen Anderson, Alana Doughty from LEA, and Rosie interacted with about 90 eighth graders at the Windham Middle School, focusing around the general topic of “water crimes.” Gretchen spoke about issues related to stormwater, Alana talked about bugs and how studying the bugs can be an indicator of water quality, and Rosie discussed information about Highland Lake, watersheds, and the issue of phosphorus in our lakes in Maine. John agreed that we should continue such programs and that having education included in our programs helps with grant writing. Maybe such a program could be extended to Falmouth Middle School, which we might be able to connect with Rosie and the Windham Middle School teacher.


·      Update on buffer projects in collaboration with the LakeSmart Program through the Maine Lakes Society

      Chantal reported that the HLA is on board to continue with LakeSmart. So far, three people have signed up to go to the 6-hour LakeSmart training program. Other volunteers may ask Chantal if they are interested in being trained. It was suggested that a goal would be to do one buffer project a week in the summer: maybe during a three-hour block from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition, there could be one from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturdays. We will develop an appropriate point system with showy signage to give credit to the hard work of homeowners who are progressing through the different stages.


·      Lake Policy Roundtable

      Dennis shared information from a very educational “Maine Lake Protection and Research Collaborative Policy Roundtable” that he had attended two days earlier at Maine Audubon. He learned a great deal that pertained directly to Highland Lake and what we are trying to accomplish.



·      Roads and gravel

John and Gretchen will come up with a list of important facts for people to know when they are spreading gravel. Some stone (i.e., crushed blue stone) is more expensive in the beginning but will save homeowners in the long run.



·      Upcoming events

§  May 19: Watershed Survey

§  Various dates: Road Association meetings

§  July 19: Highland Lake Association annual meeting


·      Upcoming HLLT meetings

§  May 10: Full HLLT meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in ??

§  May 15: E&O Committee meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Falmouth

June 19: Full HLLT meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in ??