Posts by Paul McNulty

Dam closed March 27… Spring and summer is on the way!

The dam functioned flawlessly over the past winter. This year the dam was closed March 27, 2021 shortly after ice out on March 27 (which is one of the earlier ice-out dates we have seen). There has been little rain recently, and little is forecast for the middle of April, so the raising the lake to the summer full pond level may take two to four weeks, depending on the weather. As a reminder, to address seasonal changes the dam
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URGENT – Attention Maine Aquarium Owners

Invasive zebra mussels – Destroy! Do Not Dump. Zebra mussels have been found in “moss balls,” an aquarium plant product sold in Maine. Moss balls are commonly sold under trade names such as “Betta Buddy.” Zebra mussels, which so far have not become established in Maine, are one of the most destructive invasive species in North America. Zebra mussels can quickly take over once they get established in a waterbody and cause significant damage including disrupting the food chain, changing
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Winter Time on Watchic Lake – from the Sky

Many of us do not have a chance to experience Watchic Lake during the winter, and certainly not from thousands of feet in the air. The photos below give sense of how precious our lake is, and how life continues on the lake…even in the winter time. Click on any image to start the slide show. Compliments and thanks to Kyle Damon of Damon Aerial Imagery for these beautiful photos of Watchic Lake.
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Latest Info from Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

2021 Fishing Laws Available Online Being a responsible user of the Maine outdoors means staying informed of, and complying with, the current laws and rules. It’s easy, just touch or click 2021 Maine Inland Fishing Laws to download the booklet. New ways to find the special fishing laws Want to check to see if a waterbody has special fishing laws? Check the Maine IFW website for an easy to use searchable database of special fishing laws. You can search for
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Watchic Lake Assoc. Secures Large Grant from Maine DEP and US EPA

In late 2020, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency approved our application for funds to improve Watchic Lake water quality by reducing polluted runoff into the lake. This is great news for the lake and for property owners wishing to leverage federal funds to improve their property. This matching grant is designed to support two town culvert improvements, three road association improvements, and about six residential property improvements. This grant encompasses work totaling $124,434,
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Public Notice – Request for Qualifications – Closed

Thank you for your interest. Request for submissions is now closed. The Watchic Lake Association (WLA) is inviting responses from private sector consultants interested in entering into an agreement to administer projects related to grant funding issued by the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection titled “Watchic Lake Protection Project, Phase I.”  Submission Deadline: January 15, 2021 no later than 4:00 p.m.; contract award: January 29, 2021; and project finish: December 31, 2022. Click our touch here for the
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Great Christmas Gifts at the WLA Online Store

What better way to celebrate Christmas with those who love the lake… Watchic Lake and others . The WLA online store is filled with Watchic Lake (and other Maine Lake) gifts, clothing, and memorabilia. This site is hosted by the well known and trusted Etsy online retail site. Profits are exclusively for the benefit of the Watchic Lake Association. A sampling of products can be found here at the WLA Online Store. Find all our products here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lakelifemarket
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Hannaford Helps the WLA – Again!

The Watchic Lake Association has been selected again to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program during the month of January 2021. We hope we can count on you to buy your first, or a few more of the Hannaford Community Reusable Bags during the month of January at the Hannaford store located in Standish. For each environmentally friendly bag sold during January the WLA will receive $1. Thank you so much for your continued support of
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Upcoming and Recent Events

This listing includes events and happening on Watchic Lake. Many other regional events can found at the Maine Today calendar site. Some events are WLA sponsored, and others appear for the benefit of Watchic Lake users. 2021 Events 7/10/2021. Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday July 10, 2021 at 10:00 am. Details on the time and location will be posted here a few weeks before the event, and may be influenced by Covid-19 restrictions in
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Lake-Friendly Water Sport Zones

During the summer, WLA members raised concerns about wakesurfing on the lake, and the potential risk to lake users, wildlife (e.g. swamping loon nests), and shoreland property from the large waves (over 3 feet). Although the wakesurfing is generally happening at slow speeds near the center of the lake, waves created have disrupted kayakers and damaged docks. In response to these comments, the WLA contacted the Maine Lakes Society and found that wakesurfing is a growing concern on many Maine
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