Toward that end, a group of camp owners and interested residents have organized a nonprofit corporation called the Dexter Lake Association, the purpose of which will be to maintain the lake’s historic high water-quality standards.
Jane Eberle, president of the Belgrade Lakes Association, will address the group at a 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Abbott Memorial Library. Eberle will discuss the benefits of having a lake association and will answer any questions the public may have on the subject.
“Basically, we’re trying to preserve the quality of the lake water specifically,” Robert Crawford, president of the association, said Friday. But he noted that the association also will focus its efforts on water safety and the enforcement of state laws; on the management and protection of a healthy game fish population; and on the protection and identification of migratory bird-nesting areas.
“That’s a gold mine there and we should take care of it,” Crawford said, of the lake. “If we are all going to enjoy using it in the future we must educate ourselves and protect it.”
Crawford, who takes water quality samples every two weeks for the Department of Environmental Protection, said the water is very clear to a lake depth of 34 to 36 feet. The lake is about 95 percent spring fed.
What troubles Crawford and others is the increasing amount of motorized vehicles on and around the water. He said an informal count showed 157 motorized boats at camps around the lake.
“We want to try to nip any water problems before they happen,” Crawford said.
Other officers of the association, which has a $10 membership fee, are Steve Wintle, vice president; Peggy Kaufman, treasurer, and Jack Emory, secretary-clerk.
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