WAYNE – The annual meeting of the Berry, Dexter, Wilson Pond Watershed Association was held on July 31 at the Ladd Recreation Center. David Leeman, code enforcement officer for Monmouth, discussed shoreland zoning and the concerns of property owners for water and land conditions on the three lakes.

Rep. Linda McKee spoke about recent legislation affecting property owners, particularly growing concern for mercury in lake and river waters. In addition, the Legislature is struggling with how to handle invasive plants and paper mill emissions.

Bill Monagle, Cobbossee Watershed District, discussed the water quality on the three lakes. He also shared the news the district has won approval of a proposal to conduct a nonpoint source water pollution control project in 2005.

This will allow the district to study the water quality of Wilson Pond in greater depth to find nonpoint sources of water pollution. Because the three bodies of water are joined, studies will be conducted in all three. Monagle said Wilson has shown signs of water-quality deterioration the past 10 years.

Election of officers was held. Ed Plourde agreed to serve for one year as president with Steve Kolenda as vice president; Megan Antonucci, secretary; and Phil Thorp, treasurer.

It was voted to make a concerted effort to create an updated mailing list of property owners on the three lakes for purposes of disseminating information. Marcia Jackson (377-2743) and Nancy Ludwig (933-4677) ask anyone interested in the project to contact them. A major mailing is scheduled for early spring.

Dues for the 2004-2005 year remain at $10. To become a member, call Thorp (377-2011) or Antonucci (377-6848) The next annual meeting will be Saturday, July 30, 2005.

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