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Study: Water in Maine Lakes and Ponds Losing Clarity
09/12/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

The water quality of Maine lakes may be deteriorating. A study published by University of Maine researchers analyzed data from nearly 550 lakes and large ponds throughout the state, and found water clarity - a strong indicator of water quality - declining. Ian McCullough is one of the co-authors of the study. McCullough talks about the study with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter.

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Study: Water in Maine Lakes and Ponds Losing Clar Listen

Ian McCullough

Former University of Maine researcher Ian McCullough talks with Tom Porter from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is now a graduate researcher.

McCullough says although the results of the study are potentially discouraging, there are a number of things that property owners and lake associations can do to help water quality, such as enhancing or restoring shoreline buffers and updating septic systems in lakefront homes.

View the water quality study here.

Photo:  Courtesy Ian McCullough

Teaser photo of Belgrade Lakes:  Irwin Gratz


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