|July 30, 2012|
PWD Pledges $5,000 towards preservation
|On July 23, the Portland Water District’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to contribute up to $5,000 to support a study by Loon Echo Land Trust which will explore how to increase the pace of land preservation in the Crooked River Watershed.
The Crooked River stretches 35 miles through Oxford County, draining into Sebago Lake. It is the largest tributary supplying Sebago Lake, the water supply for 15% of Maine’s population residing in Greater Portland. The health of Sebago Lake depends on the health of the Crooked River.
PWD’s contribution will help Loon Echo Land Trust develop a conservation strategy and explore sources of funds for a land preservation campaign within the Crooked River Watershed.
Because the Sebago Lake watershed is mostly made up of private property, the Portland Water District works with landowners to keep their land forested through conservation easements. This is a way of protecting the water supply which is far less expensive than owning the land outright. Our support helped preserve over 700 acres of land around Sebago Lake in 2011.
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