“Because of natural shorelines, our 200,000 customers enjoy water that is cheaper, safer and better tasting.”
- Paul Hunt, Portland Water District
The forests of Sebago Lake watershed provide naturally clean water for the Portland Water District, where Paul Hunt serves as environmental manager.
“Because of natural shorelines, our 200,000 customers enjoy water that is cheaper, safer and better tasting.” For Paul, conserving forest lands around water sources just makes sense.
Advancing the Maine Water Bond
With partners, the Conservancy is leading a legislative effort to protect Maine’s water resources. If passed, the Maine water bond will help communities prepare for extreme storms while safeguarding drinking water supplies and wildlife habitat. Projects will include replacing small culverts, removing non-hydro dams, restoring wetlands, conserving aquifers and headwater forests.
Awarding Clean Lands and Waters
By the close of 2013, the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program will have awarded nearly $10 million in grants to projects that conserve and improve wetland habitat, fish passage, and drinking water quality. The Nature Conservancy manages this grant program for the state of Maine. Projects are selected from and completed in communities statewide.
Sea Lamprey: Supporting Life After Death
The Conservancy is teaming up with the University of Maine to conduct multi-year studies on the Sedgeunkedunk and Penobscot Rivers, looking at the life cycle and ecological impacts of sea lamprey. Returning to restored tributaries, lamprey die after spawning, releasing precious marine nutrients that benefit the entire natural system.