DEXTER: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District, is offering its Watershed Stewards program to residents in the Dexter area who want to keep pollution out of their lakes. The training begins, Tuesday June 3rd and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Dexter Community Center. For more information or to register, please call Bessie Wright or Chris Brewer at (207) 990-3676 ext 3 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is May 28, 2008.
UMaine Extension's Watershed Stewards program provides 20 hours of training designed to help local citizens recognize threats to their lakes, and gives them the tools needed to reduce or eliminate those threats. In turn, stewards complete at least 20 hours of service to their watershed, which can include projects such as cataloguing pollution sources and working with state agencies to reduce the impacts of these sources. There is no cost to participate, and all stewards receive a comprehensive resource notebook at no charge.
Extension Assistant Scientist Laura Wilson noted that "the majority of topics we'll be covering are relevant to any local lake or pond—so if you're on Sebec, Schoodic or one of the other area lakes, you are welcome to join us!" There are many sources of pollution in this area—commercial sites, logging roads, private roads and residential properties—that threaten the health of this particular watershed. "It is up to us, Maine's citizens, to recognize these sources of pollution and correct these problems," stressed Wilson.
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