Monitoring

The VLMP fosters stewardship of Maine lakes and their watersheds in order to ensure high water quality and ecological integrity. This is accomplished by the collection of credible lake data by trained citizen volunteers, and by providing educational information concerning lakes to the citizens of Maine.  The VLMP is Maine’s leader in providing training and certification in the collection of lake data by volunteers, state agency personnel, educators, consultants and others.

The VLMP develops and disseminates educational materials concerning various aspects of lakes and their watersheds, including water quality, ecology, management, protection and stewardship. The VLMP acts as a liaison, when possible, to bring together groups and organizations with missions similar to ours to maximize the benefits of collaborative synergy.

A number of organizations work on behalf of Maine’s lakes and ponds. Some focus specifically on advocacy; others primarily on public education. To some extent, the VLMP mission overlaps with those of other entities. All are working in various ways to protect lakes. What sets the VLMP apart is the particular role the organization plays within this larger statewide effort, a role that helps to support the work of those other efforts at the state, regional and local levels.  Reliable information about Maine lakes, both individually and collectively, is the foundation of all efforts to protect, manage and restore these resources.

Please click here to learn more about the VLMP approach to lake monitoring. Discover the many advantages to engaging volunteers in the gathering of information on lake health.

 

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.