Those who own shoreline property or who are interested in water quality and healthy lakes are invited to join Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for a free series on caring for local lakes. The series will be offered on Fridays in June and July beginning June 14 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Swanville and Searsport.

Lakes and large ponds support shoreline camps and residences, recreational boating and fishing and other activities. These activities also have the potential to create challenges in maintaining water quality. Sediment and nutrient increases can create potential for algal blooms and other problems that can impact fish and wildlife, water clarity, recreation, lake aesthetics, property values and human health.

The schedule is:

Session 1, June 14, Lakes 101 (optional in-depth session extends to 6:30 p.m.), Kermit S. Nickerson School, Swanville.

Session 2, June 28, Septic System Care and Maintenance, and a Bit About Soils, Kermit S. Nickerson School.

Session 3, July 12, Keeping Up Those Camp Roads, North Searsport United Methodist Church, Searsport.

Session 4, July 26, Best Homeowner Practices to be LakeSmart, and Intro to LoonSmart, North Searsport United Methodist Church and at Swan Lake.

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