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Whitney King to give Plenary Address at Maine Sustainability and Water Conference

Whitney King, Miselis Professor of Chemistry at Colby College and member of the MLRC Board will present the plenary address at the 2015 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference.

Professor King’s address is titled “How can we stop loving our lakes to death? Building a Community-Based Action Plan to Keep our Lakes Golden”. The address will focus on the Belgrade Lakes and the declining water quality that is threatening many of our iconic Maine lakes. Professor King will discuss “developing sustainable solutions for the Belgrade Lakes with community partnerships to define the change in lake ecosystem function, agree on a plan for collective action, and implement broad-based watershed restoration projects”.

“The Maine Water Conference was founded in 1994 by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine as an annual forum for water resource professionals, researchers, consultants, citizens, students, regulators, and planners to exchange information and present new findings on water resource issues in Maine. The conference has grown to become one of the largest environmentally related conferences in Maine attracting over 350 attendees each year.

In 2014, the former Maine Water Conference expanded its focus to become the Maine Sustainability & Water Conference. The conference included several sessions on sustainability science research in Maine as well as sessions with a joint focus on water resources and sustainability”.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, March 31st at Augusta Civic CenterRegistration for the conference is still open.

MLRC Taking Applications for Lake Science Manager Position

Maine Lakes Resource Center Job Description:

Lake Science Manager

The Maine Lakes Resource Center (MLRC) invites applications for Lake Science Manager to coordinate lake water quality analysis across the seven lake Belgrade Lakes chain.   The science manager will supervise a group of six college students performing a range of tasks including: water column and sediment analysis for temperature, oxygen, chlorophyll, total phosphorus, total nitrogen, iron, aluminum, and plankton abundance.   The science manager will also be responsible for preparing detailed summaries of data generated over the summer and for comparing these data with historic data. The science manager will lead the preparation of a final report based on these analyses and with input from relevant scientific experts. The final report will include recommended strategies, timelines and estimated costs for improving water quality in the Belgrade Watershed over the next 5-10 years.

The position will begin no later than May 1, 2015 with some flexibility in the weekly time commitment (20 and 40 hours per week depending on the sampling and supervision needs of the position). The position is scheduled to end on March 31, 2016 unless the MLRC elects to renew it.


  • Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in a science field.
  • A minimum of three years of work experience supervising college students in field and laboratory settings.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with standard water quality monitoring procedures and operating laboratory instrumentation for nutrient and metal analysis.
  • Extensive data analysis skills including an advanced knowledge of Excel, Matlab, or R.
  • Strong oral and written communication and organizational skills, in addition to excellent written, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated, detailed-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to make decisions requiring good judgment and complete knowledge of subject matter.

Application Process:

Applicants should send a resume in pdf format to Lisa Hallee, Executive Director, Maine Lakes Resource Center,

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2015.

Signs of Spring in the Belgrade Lakes

Though Winter isn’t relinquishing its hold without a fight, there are signs of Spring all throughout the Belgrade Lakes Region. The sunny mornings are full of bird songs, the mouths of streams are ever expanding, and migratory waterfowl are moving northward. Just yesterday, a turkey vulture was spotted soaring in the direction of Kennebec Highlands, where they often roost on the craggy face of French Mountain.

Just as the coming of Spring brings about great changes to the region, the MLRC is undergoing a seasonal transition as well. As the ice recedes, we move all the closer to our buzzing spring and summer seasons. This year promises to be one of the busiest seasons yet as we embark on the water quality initiative and prepare our most robust schedule of community events yet.

The staff of the Maine Lakes Resource Center wishes you all a happy first day of Spring!