Written by Ike Morgan- DEXTER - The sun was shining brightly and the beach was full of families soaking up the sun and swimming in the waters of Lake Wassokeag as Dexter celebrated Dexter Lakes Day last weekend. The beachfront featured several white-canopied informational booths and live music provided by The Back Porch II. The booths were part of the annual celebration sponsored by the Town of Dexter and the Dexter Lakes Association.
Dexter Lakes Day is an annual event designed to recognize the importance of Dexter's valuable watershed resources and to provide information to the public about ways to protect and maintain the areas’ lakes, rivers, and streams.
The Dexter Water Utility District, Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension were all involved in the four-hour event that featured many presentations and discussions concerning the health and maintenance of Maine's Active Imagelakes. The Water Utility District also offered tours of the water facility located across from the beachfront.
Many topics offered for education and discussion included maintenance of septic systems, camp road maintenance, invasive aquatic plants, lakeside landscaping, and others. There were free booklets available with information about forming road associations, camp road maintenance, and shore land zoning and regulations.
Sonia Cianchette of “Through the Garden Gate” in Corinna was also on hand to sell plants and offer advice on buffers and rain gardens to protect waterways.
Jana Wood, Code Enforcement Officer and Local Plumbing Inspector spoke of the need to locate and identify septic systems that were outdated and possibly malfunctioning. The survey to find and replace these systems would do a great deal to alleviate some of the raw waste spillage that can pose a threat to nearby waterways."This content originally appeared as a copyrighted article in the SVWeekly.com and is used here with permission."
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