Auburn Citizen employed in the aviation field. Lake AUBURN Watershed advocate for property owners and taxpayers.
With this, State revenue reductions & a School Committee PAC to massage a new High School referendum its going to be brutal to be an Auburn Tax Payer (ATP)
It appears 80-90% of the phosphorus was existing from the historic lake bottom, stirred up during the unusual mixing season of 2011 & 2012. There hasn't been any new development in years and local ordinances prevent anything of any consideration to happen. There has been a great deal of logging by the Commission on steep slopes near the lake the last few years and problems from culvert redirects from the 2009 North Auburn Road reconstruction but that would fall in about 3-4% of the loading, leaving the remaining non-point source 5-8% coming from other tributaries......rough numbers but accurate for this discussion on treating the P.
This email was forwarded to the water authorities back in FEB, why they chose the pesticide may have to do with cost and the fact that if they get JUST ONE MORE BLOOM this year they become ineligible for a MDEP permit with copper-sulfate. No one is liking this.
I couldn't make the meeting last night and I wish them the best of luck.
From: Lemin, Ronald [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 10:26 AM
To: 'Smagula, Amy'
Cc: Sid Hazelton
Subject: RE: RFP for algaecide application
Thanks for the RFP. I work as an herbicide distribution in Maine working in the Aquatic market throughout NE. I have forwarded your RFP to the two most qualified applicators in our region.
Will you be at the Milfoil Summit next Friday in Lewiston? I would love to talk to you about this project. I’m curious why we want to treat the Algae which is a result of the high Phosphorous in the lake. Why don’t you treat the lake to reduce the Phosphorous and hence eliminate the Algae blooms?
This can be done with a product call Phoslock.
I can send you the info if you desire
Vegetation Management Sales Consultant
Crop Production Services
291 Lincoln St
Bangor, Maine 04401
"Long-term solutions could involve stronger regulations around the lake and the ponds and streams that feed it."
If stronger regulations around the Lake is necessary to maintain the water quality to satisfy a very UNUSUAL waiver from EPA filtration requirements than the WATER SYSTEMS need to PAY the cost of those stronger regulations. CLEARLY with just 13 ac of land developed in a 6000 ac watershed in the last five years these lake neighborhoods in Auburn are not a significant factor. Public education and out reach through recreation venues and cooperative projects (relationSHIPS) may out perform what regulations and regulationSHIPS will do for the water.
Dan, President Lake Auburn Watershed Neighborhood Association (LAWNA)