11 most unwanted: Kezar Lake Watershed


Research Question

Where are the invasive aquatic plants in the Kezar Lake Watershed?

A special invitation

The Lovell Invasive Plant Prevention Committee (LIPPC) and Kezar Lake Watershed Association (KLWA) invite you join their Eyes on the Water community-wide effort to monitor lakes and ponds in the Kezar Lake Watershed for invasive aquatic plants.

Eyes on the Water

Vital Signs will expand our watershed community's awareness of aquatic invasives, and could result in early detection of potential problem species
Lucy LaCasse, KLWA

Everyone in the Kezar Lake Watershed is encouraged to make observations regularly and publish them on the Vital Signs website! Here's how:

1. Print:

2. Grab equipment

  • Your laminated copy of the Eyes on the Water species ID booklet
  • Digital camera
  • GPS (No GPS? Use itouchmap!)
  • Ziplock bags for suspicious plant collection
  • White plastic container for plant collection and photography
  • Optional: rake, bucketscope, mask & snorkel, scissors
  • Happiness items: sunscreen, extra batteries, extra pencils, water

4. Go out and look closely for the invasive species

5. Do you think you found it, or not? (both are equally important to report!)

    If you think you found it:
  • Document it with photos and written evidence
  • Collect a specimen in your ziplock bag - be careful not to fragment and spread the plant!
  • Mark the location with a buoy
  • Add your observation to the Vital Signs website (see step 7)
  • Call the Maine Center for Invasive Aquatic Plants: 207 -783-7733 (reference your Vital Signs observation!)
  • No one there? Call the Maine Department of Environmental Protection: 1 -800-452-1942
  • Call the Lovell Town office to notify our local team: 207 -925-6272

    If you think you did NOT find it:

  • Document the plant's absence with photos and written evidence

6. Upload your data! Add your "found" or "not found" observation through your My Vital Signs page (link at top right). Click "Add new investigation."

    Special Datasheet Details
    • Pick "freshwater" for the ecosystem
    • Pick "Saco" for the watershed
    • For the MIDAS codes, use:
      • Kezar Lake 0097
        Farrington Pond 3200
        Heald Pond 3222
        Horseshoe Pond 3196
        Cushman Pond 3224
        Bradley Pond 3220
        Trout Pond 3212
        Little Pond 6707

7. Celebrate!

Know Your Natives!

Check out the native plants that you should expect to find in the Kezar Lake Watershed. Once you know native species, you'll be more apt to recognize when you find an unfamiliar, potentially-invasive species.

1. Unofficial list of dominant native aquatic plants for Kezar Lake, Lovell, 2011

2. Maine Lake Plant Species Probabilities for northern and southern lakes