February Update

posted Feb 26, 2018, 6:08 AM by Joseph Bickard

Civic Affairs Committee Efforts July 2017 to Feb 2018

  •   The Civic Affairs Committee was re-energized, thanks to Kim White (VP/BOD) and Chantal Scott (BOD), at HLA Annual Meeting Initially focused on developments

  •   Shifted focus to phosphorus export to the lake because of picocyanobacteria blooms

  •   Pushed for moratorium on construction within the watershed until better controls on

    phosphorus are in place and better understanding of the bloom cause(s)

  •   Got moratorium approved by Windham Town Council

  •   Initiated Highland Lake Leadership Team (HLLT) to help protect Highland Lake through policy

  •   HLA members fill every HLLT chair position except one (4 out of 5)

  •   Spoke on Lake issues with Westbrook and presented to Falmouth Town Council

  •   Appealed Highland Views Stormwater Permit

  •   Worked with Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) on phosphorus export from campground

  •   Hired Headwaters Hydro to support Stormwater appeal

  •   DEP reopened Highland Views Stormwater Permit due to errors in application pointed

    out by HLA

  •   Started petition on retroactive high density housing and phosphorus regulations in Lake watershed

  •   Reviewed Windham ordinance and pointed out to Town that Highland Views did not meet Windham ordinance requirements for MHP Overlay Zone

  •   Town then further found that Highland Views did not meet State regs as proposed either

  •   Highland Lake Leadership Team and Committees well underway to protect the Lake and communicate best practices to residents within the watershed.

  •   Pressed Windham Town Council to enact retroactive phosphorus ordinance

  •   Windham Town Council agreed to move forward with proposed retroactive phosphorus

    ordinance review
    For more information contact Dennis Brown – HLA Treasurer/BOD