Action Items – Highland Lake Association – 2017 – 2018

posted Sep 26, 2017, 4:27 PM by Joseph Bickard

1.      Collaborating with the Town of Windham to re visit the ordinances and zoning regulations with the goal of developing ordinances that more effectively address non-point sources of pollution, and to determine appropriate land use regulations to reduce the environmental impacts of development within the HL watershed.

2.     With the purpose of discovering the root causes of the Picocyanbacteria blooms at Highland Lake, we will collaborate with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD)  in hosting a two part forum:

a.    The first part will focus on a roundtable of the experts – scientists, academics, researchers, water quality specialists, engineers, and a consultant   coming together to review the data, review the possible reasons for the picocyanobacteria bloom – with the goal of figuring out what is the cause of the bloom and what are we going to do about it.

b.    The second part of this forum will be an open meeting for the public where the major findings are presented as well as being a forum where people can ask questions to get clarity about how the PCB bloom will continue to impact HL.

3.     In the effort to determine why Highland Lake contains too many nutrients, the HLA will be collaborating with CCSWCD in conducting a comprehensive Watershed Survey.  The purpose of this survey is to identify the sources of non-point source pollution; in other words where are the excess nutrients coming from?  Once those sites are identified, then developing a plan for remediating those sites. 

The planning for this survey will occur this fall and winter, with the projected survey to be conducted in March and April, 2018.


4.     There will be a concerted effort to re-energize a Highland Lake Leadership team – a team that will include the T  of W and F, DEP, the HLA, CCSWCD, and other  selected agencies to hold regular meetings (at least on a biannual basis )  in an ongoing effort to implement effective watershed management practices in the HL watershed.