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LONG-RANGE MANAGEMENT PLAN COMING TO A CLOSE;  IMPLEMENTATION MUST FOLLOW

In the last Newsletter we described the work being done by the Long Range Management Plan subcommittee, the end result being a document which will include historical information about Tripp Lake, the “state of the Lake” (water quality), maps, special natural features, growth in the watershed, invasive species and other potential threats and, lastly and most importantly, how we intend to manage and protect the lake in  years to come.

The last part of the document is the most important: gathering input from public meetings, compiling results of surveys and determining which problems are most vital to address. This portion has consumed numerous meetings and at this point, is not yet complete.  However, the results will soon be in and the document completed by year’s end.  Our goal is to have the document printed before Christmas, and distributed shortly afterwards.  Copies will be given to TLIA and will also be available at several convenient locations for anyone in the watershed. 

You will soon be receiving a copy of the list of watershed concerns and recommended actions, compiled by Roberta Hill.  You will have an opportunity to comment on our suggestions, and it is critical that you take the time to read the document and reply thoughtfully;  your responses will have a direct effect on the future of Tripp Lake.

Apathy would be our biggest threat.  After years of work, which included a Watershed Survey in 1996 and a three-year follow-up project (#319, the portion of the Clean Water Act which addresses Non-Point Source Pollution), we will be faced with how to continue our work.  The long-range management plan will help us  develop a strategy for protecting our lake. Some of the options we’ve identified include submitting an application for an implementation grant, forming a Youth Conservation Corps or providing educational workshops for property owners in the watershed.  Please let us have your input!

Thanks to the following subcommittee members who have given generously of their time: Roberta Hill of Land and Water Resource Management Associates, Chair;  Jessie Mae MacDougall of the Department of Environmental Protection; Art Dunlap, Code Enforcement Officer for Poland;  Nancy McCann of Tripp Lake Camp;  Gerri and Bill Tinkham and Babs Shapiro representing TLIA; Phoebe Hardesty of Androscoggin Soil and Water Conservation District.  Other contributors include Fergus Lea of Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Joyce Crane and Linda Laskey, TLIA.