VLMP Center for Citizen Lake Science

Home of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

BEC4webSituated on the north shore of Lake Auburn, the two-acre VLMP Center for Citizen Lake Science offers many opportunities to demonstrate lake-friendly conservation practices for the public. The VLMP is developing this “Lakes Campus,” in accordance with the wishes of the late Barbara Brackett, who stipulated that her former home should be used to benefit the environment. The Campus will be a comprehensive facility that focuses on all aspects of Maine lakes, including volunteer monitoring, environmental education and research, public outreach, and the demonstration of land owner conservation practices to protect lake water quality from the effects of watershed development.

VLMP Center for Citizen Lake Science History

1946: Woodbury & Barbara Brackett build their house on the shoreline of Lake Auburn incorporating features from a historic Cape Elizabeth home.

2002: Barbara Brackett bequeaths her home and property to the Auburn Water District, with the provision that the property be used for environmental education.

2003: VLMP leases the building and property, and establishes the Brackett Environmental Center, now known as the VLMP Center for Citizen Lake Science.

2010: The VLMP purchases the Brackett Center/VLMP Center for Citizen Lake Science to create a permanent training center for volunteer lake monitors.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. The VLMP trains, certifies and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. In addition to being the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine, VLMP volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

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The VLMP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the collection of information pertaining to lake water quality. For 40 years, trained volunteers throughout Maine have donated their time so that we may all learn more about one of Maine’s most beautiful and important resources — our lakes.