The Wilson Lake Association will establish and maintain a program that will reverse any trend of degrading the water quality in Wilson Lake and result in continuous improvement in water quality. The Association will also encourage all the Lake’s stakeholders to be involved and support a cooperative effort to reduce or eliminate the impact of contaminants on lake water quality.
Be sure to click on the Events Page to read about our first Community Breakfast scheduled for July 1 from 9:00 to 11:00!
No matter how much time you get to spend at the lake, the main attraction and the foundation of your property value is the quality of the water. Erosion and invasive species are the two biggest threats. No matter how small an event of either type, it impacts the entire lake-and all of us. The WLA serves to pool our resources and focus our efforts and dollars to help prevent those events.
We’re delighted to tell you about a new program we’ve started called The Wilson Lake Clean Water Project. If you think you have an erosion issue on your property, whether it may have been identified in the 2009 Watershed Survey and you haven’t moved forward on addressing it, or it’s something new that has been created by storm events, this program can help.
You can start the ball rolling by calling Amy Arsenault at the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance (AWWA) at 603-473-2300 and telling her you want to take advantage of The Wilson Lake Clean Water Project. She will determine if you have a problem, develop a solution specifically for your property and you may qualify to become a Project Host.. The Youth Conservation Corps will provide free labor to implement the plan. WLA has initially budgeted $400 for the program and will pay 50% of the material costs (up to $100) for the first four homeowners to become part of this project.
The WLA exists to benefit everyone on the lake–and you have a very important role to play! We look forward to working with you and AWWA to protect the lake. If you have any questions about the Project call Jeanne Achille (477-0310).
WLA knows it’s smart to help Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance because they help us!
We hope your new year is off to a good start! Here at AWWA we are gearing up for another busy season and we have an exciting new way to jump start our year. Our friends at the Poor People’s Pub in Sanbornville are hosting a Super Bowl SundayTailgate Brunch in our honor, with a percentage of proceeds to benefit our Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). As you know, our YCC is made up of a group of hardworking, local teens, and not only do they do a lot of great work for our lakes each summer, but they also gain valuable work experience in the process. Come enjoy a fun brunch with friends, and support AWWA at the same time – in true Super Bowl spirit, it’s win-win!
Here’s an idea passed on by Al and Linda Peterson of Hawk Road:
Many people close up their camps for the season and toss a lot of food items that are non-perishable. With food pantries always in need of donations, why not take the time to box up your items and donate them to a local pantry. I believe the Acton Congregational Church is one pantry that you could try. If you know of others let WLA know and we’ll pass the information on to our members.
Above the eastern shore of Wilson Lake sits Romac Orchards, crowned by Goat Hill. Many of us have been taking our families to pick apples and enjoy the beautiful view from the summit. This property has been for sale for several years and Three Rivers Land Trust is working “…to pioneer a strategic new approach to conservation….The immediate task is to mobilize resources to conserve the spectacular 240 acre site… known as Goat Hill…”
“The Goat Hill/Romac Orchard campaign will kick off a broader, longer range vision to create a conservation area of roughly 2,000 acres in Acton and Shapleigh, owned by five contiguous landowners, who are all willing to work together toward conservation of this special place….this would provide further protection for our watersheds and lakes, in addition to conserving even more land for future generations of working farms and forests.”
“The 240-acre Romac property is available for conservation for $730,000. The Town of Acton is contributing $100,000 toward purchase of the spectacular hilltop, as a result of a favorable bond authorization vote. Maine Farmland Trust has pledged $200,000, A farm buyer has made a down payment on purchasing the farm and forest for $265,000. To meet the deadline and purchase the property, Three Rivers Land Trust must now raise an additional $180,000…”*
We can all help by making a pledge of $500 or more, or contributing smaller amounts that fit our personal budgets. For information on how you can help, please contact: Ruth Gutman at 207-370-4191, or email@example.com
*quoted text from “Save Goat Hill” a Three Rivers Land Trust brochure created for this compaign
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