Cheryl Leeman, Regional Representative for Senator Olympia Snowe, visited Little Sebago Lake on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.She was able to gain an up close view of our milfoil remediation efforts with hands on experience on HIPPO 1.She was joined by Liz Schran from St. Josephs College,Jackey Bailey, Initative Director, Carol Ann Doucette, LSLA Initative committee member, Jeff Wilkinson, LSLA VP and Milfoil Militia Committee, and two MMI interns.We took a short ride out to the milfoil activity site of the day and Cheryl Leeman and Jackey Bailey boarded HIPPO 1 and got a firsthand lesson in the milfoil removal process.
Ms. Leeman was very impressed with our efforts and successes and asked a number of questions as she gathered information on the Maine Milfoil Initative project process.
The next day, a fellow board member met up with both Senators Snowe and Collins at the airport and was able to show them pictures from the visit and they expressed interest in a possible visit to see for themselves.
While this effort would not be possible without the tremendous volunteer efforts of our members, the funds from the MMI help us gain valuable scientific data and study techniques which are shared with other lake groups so we can gain synergy and avoid redundant learning.
Our thanks to all who participated and the HIPPO crew, Steve Johnson holding a sample of milfoil, Bob Swett and diver Steve Church.