Archives for Announcements

Social Event – Carr’s Family Restaurant

Join us at Carr’s Family Restaurant for a chance to get to know your Watchic Lake neighbors Wednesday July 17th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to socialize with others on the lake, learn about how you can help protect the lake, share experiences, and share a drink. Cash bar for full range of drinks. Pizza’a will be provided. Non-alcoholic drinks available. 
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Upcoming and Recent Events

This listing includes events happening on Watchic Lake or in Standish. Many other regional events can found at the Maine Public Calendar of Events site. Some events are WLA sponsored, and others appear for the benefit of Watchic Lake users. 2024 Events 5/18/2024 to 5/19/2024. PropSnapper RC airplane event at Kiwanis Beach. Questions contact Kiwanis at standishkiwanis@gmail.com. or Peter Pappas at PropSnappers. Not a WLA sponsored event. 6/3/2024. Veterans Fishing Derby Fund Raiser. The Kiwanis is hosting Operation Ray of
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Hannaford – Helping Kick Off the New Year

The Watchic Lake Association has been selected again to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program during the month of January 2024. 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 March at the Hannaford store located in Standish. For each environmentally friendly reusable bag sold during March the WLA will receive $1. Thank you so much for your continued support of
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Cyanobacteria Concerns – Sept 2023

A significant number of Cyanobacteria blooms have identified around the lake. Depending on the concentration of Cyanobacteria, it can be harmful to humans and pets. Maine DEP suggests: When in doubt, stay out! If an area looks green or cloudy, smells bad, or has scum on the surface, or you can’t see the bottom in 4-5 feet of water because it is so green, do not swim in that area. Algal scums along the shore have the highest concentrations of
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Thank to Our Many Watchic Lake Heroes!

During 2022 many Watchic Lake members and visitors made donations to the WLA above and beyond their dues. And a number of members participated in the DEP Section 319 grant and made significant cash match payments to help complete their projects. Thank you to these heroes, for your time and investment to help keep the lake clean and healthy!
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Amazon to End Amazon Smile Program

Amazon announced that it is winding down it’s AmazonSmile program by February 20, 2023. Purchases made before February 20, 2023, will continue to generate donations from Amazon. The WLA wishes to thank those of you who took advantage of AmazonSmile. Your participation led to nearly $600 being donated to the WLA by the Amazon Corporation. As part of their closing of this program, Amazon will make a donation to the WLA equal to one third of their donations to the
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DEP Section 319 Grant Projects Forecast to Significantly Reduce Harmful Runoff into Watchic Lake.

December 2022. Based on analysis done by FB Environmental, sediment and other pollutants entering Watchic Lake will be reduced by over two tons per year. December 2022 In late 2019, the Watchic Lake Association (WLA) with help from FB Environmental developed a watershed protection plan designed to improve water quality in the Watchic Lake Watershed over the coming 10 years. The plan was approved by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in
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Please Don’t Feed the Ducks – Stop Swimmers Itch Rash!

The key message… if you feed the ducks they stick around the lake, they eat the snails, poop out parasites, and you get Swimmers Itch. So PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DUCKS! Swimmer’s itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, appears as a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to certain parasites that infect some birds and mammals. These microscopic parasites are released from infected snails into fresh and salt water (such as lakes, ponds, and oceans). While the parasite’s preferred
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Lake Friendly Spring Cleanup

Whether opening your camp after the winter, and doing some springing cleaning are your year round home, consider these lake friendly Spring Cleaning Tips from LakeSmart. This short guide provides information on disposing of yard waste, septic system do’s and don’ts, culvert maintenance etc. LakeSmart offers free opportunities for homeowners to learn how to manage their home and yard to protect the water quality of their lake.  The primary focus of LakeSmart is to keep our lake water clean by
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2021 Water Quality Report Available

Based on the findings contained in the 2021 Watchic Lake Water Quality Report, the water quality of Watchic Lake remains good, and is substantially unchanged from data collected over the previous 5 years (2016-2020), and from data back to the 1970’s. Specifically, water clarity and total phosphorus levels are consistent with previous years and consistent with other Maine lakes like ours. Click or touch here for more information Watchic Lake Water Quality.
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