The Portland Water District’s outreach initiatives engage the public through a variety of platforms. We aim to inform and inspire a variety of audiences with the goal of long-term environmental stewardship. Our outreach efforts in the Sebago Lake Watershed and PWD service area (see eligibility map on left) involve collaborations with many partners.
Our education staff has developed a list of nature-based activities anyone can do while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Throughout the Sebago Lake watershed there are many features, natural and man-made, that help protect the water in Sebago Lake and all of the connecting streams, rivers, and ponds. A popular segment, Wat-er You Looking at in Our Watershed?!, in our newsletter, Sebago in Depth, provides a close up photo of one of those features and invites readers to guess what it is.
Water Connections Events
This seasonal recreation event series connects Sebago Lake Watershed residents and our customers to resources that affect the Lake’s water quality. Each event allows participants to learn about water quality and our lake protection programs while visiting one of the many trails, forests, mountains, or rivers that influence Sebago Lake.
Click the link here for photos from our winter and spring events, Water Connections: Snowshoe Sebago Lake’s Protective Zones and Paddle to Learn
Celebrate the vital role water plays in your life! We coordinate diverse events the first week each May. Our initiatives are designed to engage our customers with various aspects of their drinking water, ranging from protection and conservation to treatment, testing, and distribution.
Celebrate your drinking water in 2021 by taking a free virtual tour of the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility and exploring conserved properties in the Sebago Lake Watershed through our new “Forever Forests for Sebago Lake” virtual Story Map. Click here to learn more!
Learn about our source protection programs in this video series. The first short video, which debuted in May 2018 as part of our Drinking Water Week celebration, provides an introduction to the series highlighting programs all designed to protect your drinking water! Subsequent videos cover different aspects of our source protection programs.
Images of Sebago Lake Calendar
The District publishes the popular Images of Sebago Lake Calendar each December, which features photos of Sebago Lake and its tributaries. Each year, amateur photographers submit photos for consideration, and a committee of District staff review and select photos based on many variables. Over the course of the year, 1400 calendars are distributed to watershed residents, partners, neighbors, and calendar submitters. The calendar contains information about Sebago Lake and its protection, serving as a beautiful way to celebrate and appreciate Sebago Lake.
To access our 2021 calendar, click here.
Located in Standish across from Sebago Lake, the Sebago Lake Protection Office houses our water resources, education, and security staff. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). To learn more about Office resources, click on the link above.
The 1700-acre Land Reserve, located in Standish and Gorham, is open to the public for passive recreation. The largest contiguous parcel boasts over 13 miles of well-maintained, wooded trails. Click on the link above for more information, including a trail map, permitted activities, and kiosk locations.
We provide a plethora of publications relating to both our source protection initiatives and the Portland Water District. Click the link above to browse our list.
Source Protection Efforts
We regularly work with the public to protect the water quality of Sebago Lake. Visit the Watershed Protection section of our website to learn more about technical support, LakeScaping grants, our Watershed Land Conservation Program, and more!