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Saving Our Lakes

The Belgrade Lakes and the efforts to preserve their water quality were the subject of a short film created by MPBN’s Sustainable Maine program.

“Find out how Maine’s top researchers partner with stakeholders and communities to address some of Maine’s most complex issues.

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These researchers and their community partners are finding new ways to solve old problems- and shore up the future of the Belgrades and lakes around the state”.

Click here to watch the film!

MLRC Partner Highlight: Colby College Scientist and Sportsman, Whitney King

Dr. Whitney King has been a chemistry professor at Colby College for 25 years. He graduated from St. Lawrence University and trained as a chemical oceanographer at the University of Rhode Island. Dr.King teaches General Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry courses and has served the college as Chemistry Department Chair, Science Division Chair, and as a member on numerous college and research committees.  Prof. King and his research students develop and build analytical instruments for the analysis of metals and reactive oxygen species in natural waters. The instruments are now used by over one hundred research groups in over fifteen countries.  In 2002, King co-founded Waterville Analytical to meet the commercial demand for this specialized instrumentation.

“Goldie”, a Colby research buoy launched by King and his students, is creating expanded research opportunities investigating lake dynamics and a web-based dashboard has been created to communicate this data to the community.

“Goldie”, a Colby research buoy launched by King and his students, is creating expanded research opportunities investigating lake dynamics. A web-based dashboard has been created to communicate this data to the community.

In 2011, King joined the board of the Maine Lakes Resource Center and led the development of the “wet lab” and summer field station for Colby College environmental students. He was the principle investigator on a National Science Foundation – funded project to study the effects of human development in the Belgrade Watershed and as such, has acquired knowledge of the functions of all of the major lakes in the shed.

As an avid sportsman, one can often find Whitney hunting, fishing or hiking in the Maine outdoors with his wife, Jan, and dog, Kepler.  Whitney is also the proud father of two grown daughters, Sarah and Carin, both of whom have successfully entered careers in science.

Why do these lakes look so different?  Click the photo above to watch a presentation created by Professor King which explains the science of our lakes and the risks posed by human development.

MLRC Partner Highlight: The Belgrade Lakes Association

Formed in 1908, the Belgrade Lakes Association (BLA) is, by their best estimates, the oldest lake association in the State of Maine. Water quality programs continue to form the heart of the BLA’s mission. Working toward that mission of protect and improve the watershed, this active lake association lead the campaign that brought public docks to the Belgrade Lakes village (Docks to Doorways) and played a major role in the creation of the Maine Lakes Resource Center. The BLA is also responsible for the Stop Milfoil campaign and operates the LakeSmart program on Great and Long Pond.

The Belgrade Lakes Association continues its 100+ year tradition of preserving Great Pond and Long Pond by bringing renowned water quality expert, Dr. Ken Wagner, Ph.D., CLM, Water Resource Services, Inc. to the MLRC at 6 p.m. on January 29, 2015 where he will present  “Oxygenation and inactivation for control of nutrients and algae in Great and Long Ponds”.  Though Dr. Wagner will specifically focus on Great and Long Ponds, his talk will touch upon water quality issues throughout the entire Belgrade Lakes Watershed.  All are welcome to come and hear what Dr. Wagner has to say about how we can work together to preserve our beautiful lakes.

For more information, call the Maine Lakes Resource Center at (207) 495-3617.