News

  • Summer Newsletter (2017) has been published

    We have released our annual letter, which you may find here

    Subjects include: 

    • President's report
    • China Region Lakes Alliance news
    • ARI update
    • Annual loon report
    • Alewife stocking this year
    • LakeSmart info
    • Poster contest
  • 2017 China Lake Association Annual Meeting: Saturday, July 22

    The 2017 Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, July 22, at 9am. It will be held at China Primary School on Lakeview Drive, China.

    The agenda is as follows:

    • Welcome
      Scott Pierz, President
    • Poster Contest
      Elaine Philbrook & Marie Michaud
    • Keynote Speaker
      Susan Gallo, Director of Maine’s Loon Project, Maine Audubon
      “The State of Maine’s Loons”

    Coffee Break - refreshments will be provided.

    • Keynote Speaker
      Betsy Barber, PhD Candidate at the University of Maine
      "Modelling the Nutrient Budget for Alewife in China Lake"
    • LakeSmart Program
      Marie Michaud
    • China Lake Loon Count
      Bob O’Connor
    • Financial Report
      Tim Axelson, Treasurer
    • Election of Officers           
      Jamie Pitney & New Directors 
    • Other business:  LakeSmart Funding and Officer’s Fiscal Authority
    • Closing Remarks and Adjourn at 12 noon
  • Work for China Regions Lakes Alliance this Summer!

    In 2017 there will be two (2) independent programs operated by the China Region Lakes Alliance, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and the Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) Program. There will be no crossover from one program to another.

    The YCC work schedule will be Monday through Friday (up to an 8 hour shift each day) and will focus on conservation projects within the China Lake, Three Mile Pond, and Webber Pond watersheds. The CBI Program will operate at four different boat launches in the region at the following times: Friday afternoons into early evening, and up to 8 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. The CBI Program will focus on inspecting boats and boat trailers for invasive aquatic plant species (e.g. Milfoil). All work will be dependent on the weather.

    If you would like to apply for a position, you will find the application here

    Please return your completed application to: Town of China 571 Lakeview Drive, China, Maine 04358 Applications must be received by 4 PM on Monday, May 15, 2017. Interviews will take place after the application deadline. If you have any questions please contact (207) 200-8361.

  • The 47th Annual Maine Lakes Conference. And Alewives.

    This year's conference is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 7:30am to 4:30pm. It will take place at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine at Orono. For more details click here.

    Maine Lakes Society is also presenting a workshop on alewives, which may be of interest to many of our readers. 

  • Report from the 2016 Annual Meeting

    The 2016 annual China Lake Association meeting, held on July 23rd, was another great meeting, attended by over 70 people.  What a fantastic turnout.

    Frank Richard’s of Vassalboro was the guest speaker.  Frank is a retiree who has served as the President of the Webber Pond Association since 2001, and he has dedicated many years toward the improvement of water quality on Webber Pond. He is a steadfast supporter of the Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI), and has written two books: A Guide to Wilderness Canoe Fishing and An Introduction to Ice Fishing.  Frank spoke to the assembly and provided a general education on lake water quality, with specifics on Webber Pond and the introduction of alewives and improved water quality experienced by that waterbody. He eloquently energized the attendees and gave encouragement about the potential positive effects of the introduction of alewives into China Lake through the Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI).  Both Nate Gray (Maine Department of Marine Resources) and Landis Hudson (Maine Rivers) also spoke on behalf of the ARI and answered questions raised by the audience.

    Marie Michaud reported on the winners of the annual poster contest; prizes were awarded and pictures taken (see the separate photo in this issue).  Elaine Philbrook, the newest China Lake Association Board of Director, assisted her in the presentation of awards.

    Bob O’Connor gave his annual loon count, reporting that the loon counters observed 38 adult loons and 3 chicks this year.  On behalf of the Association Bob was awarded with a gold watch for over 25 years of service, involvement, and dedication as the longest-standing Association member and Loon Count Coordinator.

    Maggie Shannon, Maine Lakes Society’s LakeSmart Director, spoke on the benefits of LakeSmart and presented a video on the LakeSmart Program.  She also recognized and applauded our local LakeSmart Program coordinator Marie Michaud for Marie’s her high-energy and commitment to LakeSmart.  Marie and her LakeSmart team have had a successful summer, and she reported on specific LakeSmart awards (including Ray and Joanne Kelsey’s recent award seen in the Town Line’s edition of July 21, 2016).  For a peek at the Maine Lakes Society’s great video please go to this link.

    Also, Jim Hart, President of the China Region Lakes Alliance (CRLA), spoke about the CRLA’s Courtesy Boat Inspection and Youth Conservation Programs operating here in China and in the region.

    Thanks go to all those who contributed to the annual newsletter, including Nate Gray (Maine Department of Marine Resources), Landis Hudson (Maine Rivers), Jennifer Irving (Sebasticook Regional Land Trust), Marie Michaud and Maggie Shannon (LakeSmart), Jim Hart (China Region Lakes Alliance), Matt Zetterman (Kennebec Water District), Bob O’Connor (Loon Count Coordinator), and especially Frank Richards (Webber Pond Association).  Appreciation also goes to Tim Axelson for his financial report and to Jamie Pitney for conducting the election of Directors and the Association’s Officers.  Special thanks to Tom Michaud for all his help along the way….

    The China Lake Association will continue to advocate for the Alewife Restoration Initiative; promote environmental education in our school system; and seek an increase to the Association’s membership through awareness and involvement of the Community and our constituents.  For additional info check out our Facebook page.

    Finally thanks also to the Board of Directors, RSU 18 for the venue at the China Primary School, the Green Bean Cafe for refreshments, the Town of China for its support, along with all who attended and our general membership.

    Have a great summer and I hope to see you next year.

    Scott Pierz, President
    China Lake Association

  • 2016 Annual Meeting will take place on July 23, 9am

    This year's CLA annual meeting will be held at the China Primary School Gym on Saturday, July 23, from 9am until 11am. The public is invited!

    Here is the proposed agenda:

    Welcome: Scott Pierz, President

    Financial Report: Tim Axelson 

    Poster Contest: Marie Michaud

    Keynote Speaker: Mr. Frank Richards, President of the Webber Pond Association: China Lake, Historical Data, and Alewife Restoration as a Solution to its Phosphorus Imbalance

    With special guest appearances by Nate Gray (Maine Department of Marine Resources), Landis Hudson (Maine Rivers), Jennifer Irving (Sebasticook Regional Land Trust), James Hart (China Region Lakes Alliance), Maggie Shannon (Maine Lakes Society-LakeSmart) and Matt Zetterman (Kennebec Water District)

    Coffee Break Refreshments provided by the Green Bean Coffee Shop

    LakeSmart Program Marie Michaud

    China Lake Loon Count Bob O’Connor

    Election of Officers

    Other business: Alewife Restoration Initiative (ARI) – CLA Funding Sponsorship 

    Adjourn

  • Study on how water quality affects real estate prices

    Recently you may have read about Vermont residents with lakefront properties on Lake Champlain who were successful in petitioning the town for reduced property taxes. The reason? The argued Lake Champlain's algae bloom made their properties less valuable. 

    We thought we would highlight a study done by the University of Maine called "Water Quality Affects Property Prices: A Case Study of Selected Maine Lakes." It reaches the same conclusion. 

    Data on China Lake is included in the study. 

  • Poster winners are announced!

    The China Lake Association has announced the winners of the Fourth Annual Poster Contest. 

    The First Place was awarded to Sarah Praul, while the Second Place went to Sam Golden. Congratulations to the winners!


    First Prize poster, by Sarah Praul.


    Sam Golden with her award-winning poster.