Welcome to our Sebec Lake Association's web site. On our site you will find information about Sebec Lake as well as information for our members. Learn more about our organization, including our mission, bylaws, and meet our officers and directors. You may also pay your dues, make a donation, purchase Sebec Lake decals, read our annual meeting minutes, past newsletters and peruse FAQs.
Our Lake Information includes the history of the area, geographic information, water quality testing results, water clarity and level data, as well as information on the dam, its agreement with the state, information on invasive plants and a map of the watershed area.
We welcome new members. Anyone who has an interest in Sebec Lake and supports our mission to Preserve and Protect the lake is welcome and encouraged to become a member of the Sebec Lake Association. Dues are only $20 per calendar year.
All residents and visitors to our lovely Sebec Lake area are encouraged to join our association. Please consider joining us. Dues are only $20 a year.
If you plan to pay your dues via PayPal, you must also click on the Dues button and pay there. Filling out the member form does not initiate PayPal dues payment.
Even if you are not interested in joining us, please take the time to fill out the member form, which helps us keep property ownership records current. Your email will not be shared with any third parties. Please use this form to update any information. First and last name are required; the year lake property was acquired helps us determine ownership changes. If you don't own lake property, but want to be a member, you may ignore those property fields. Thank you for helping to Protect and Preserve Sebec Lake.
Anyone who has an interest in Sebec Lake and supports our mission to 'Protect and Preserve' the lake is welcome and encouraged to become a member of the Sebec Lake Association. The Sebec Lake Association dues are $20 a year. Please use our PayPal link to remit payment. You are not required to have a personal PayPal account to do this. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail a check for $20 to Treasurer, Sebec Lake Association, PO Box 303, Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426.
Note that if you want to pay dues by PayPal, you must also click on Dues/Donationsand fill out the PayPal dues information.
If you own lake property, please include the home and property/camp mailing addresses on your check so we can credit the correct Membership record.
To make a general donation to the Sebec Lake Association, please use the button below
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Get your Sebec Lake Association Decals here! Cost is $2 per decal, plus $1 postage and handling for the entire order.
The Sebec Lake Association is an incorporated organization of property owners and friends of Sebec Lake, founded in 1971. Since then, the Association has acted to protect and preserve Sebec Lake.
These efforts may be addressed by persons responsible for the following areas:
1. Water Quality: The Association has equipment for sampling and analysis. A sustained monitoring program of clarity and annual water testing for phosphorous is well established.
2. Water Level: When the outlet to Sebec Lake was developed for hydro-electric power, the Association reached an agreement with the developer and various government and regulatory agencies, insuring a stable water level during summer months, with allowances for weather conditions. The Association continues to work with the Dam owner (now Ampersand), the local dam operators, Maine's Department of Environmental Protection, Maine's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to determine optimum water levels during the year.
3. Promotion, Membership and Publicity: Through our website (www.sebeclakeassoc.com) and annual newsletters sent to all property owners and members, the Association keeps property owners informed as to their responsibilities in protection and preservation as well as encouraging membership in the Association. The annual meeting is in July or August and is announced on the website.
4. Protection of Watershed: The Association was successful in removing the watershed from spruce budworm spraying in the early 1980s. There needs to be continued vigilance directed toward monitoring activities in the watershed.
5. Environmental Issues: The website and newsletter are a means of sharing information with property owners. Articles on invasive plant species and invasive fish species, the need for shoreline vegetation, how to limit phosphorous getting into the lake are all topics that have been addressed to help property owners "Protect and Preserve" Sebec Lake.
6. Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Liaison: Tim Obrey, regional fish biologist for the area is a resource and willing to answer questions related to the Lake.
7. Social Activities: Social activities will be planned as time permits. These may be coordinated with other local area groups.
ARTICLE I - NAME The name of this organization shall be the Sebec Lake Association, Inc.
ARTICLE II - DESCRIPTION The Association shall be a nonprofit, nonpartisan incorporated organization.
ARTICLE III - PURPOSE The purpose of the Association shall be to protect and preserve Sebec Lake.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS The officers of the Association shall be president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Directors shall include officers of the Association and at least nine and not more than thirteen additional members.
ARTICLE V - ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS There shall be a nomination committee of three directors appointed by the board of directors prior to the annual meeting who shall nominate at the annual meeting officers and directors for the ensuing year. Nominations may also be made from the floor. Before a candidate shall be voted upon by the members at the annual meeting, his or her consent to hold office, if elected, shall be obtained. A majority of those present shall elect. The officers and directors shall be elected for a term of one year and shall begin their terms following the annual meeting. Husband and wife and family members shall be allowed to serve concurrently as directors. All major areas of the lake (Dover-Foxcroft, Sebec, Willimantic, Bowerbank) shall be represented on the board provided director candidates willing to serve are available.
ARTICLE VI - DIRECTORS The directors shall supervise and manage the affairs of the Association. They may fill vacancies in their own board. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum. Directors must be current members of the Association. Directors missing three consecutive Board meetings may be removed as a Director by a majority vote of the Board. Board business may be conducted via electronic media.
ARTICLE VII - PRESIDENT The president shall preside at all meeting of the members, when present, and perform such other duties as may be required.
ARTICLE VIII - VICE PRESIDENT The vice president shall assume the duties of the president when so delegated by the president and succeed to the office of the president in the event of the president's death or resignation. The vice president shall preside at all meetings of the members and directors in the absence of the president and shall perform such other duties as may be required.
ARTICLE IX - TREASURER The treasurer shall have the custody of, and keep an accurate account of the Association's funds; submit a financial report at the annual meeting; and perform such other duties as may be required. The treasurer's reports and financial statements will be periodically audited as directed by the Board. The treasurer and president have the authority to sign checks with the authority of the board of directors.
ARTICLE X - SECRETARY The secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings of members and directors, and shall give adequate advance notice to each and all interested parties.
ARTICLE XI - MEMBERS Anyone eighteen years or older can be a member of the Association upon payment of dues. All members shall have the same privileges regarding voting and holding office. Proxy voting by members or directors is not permitted. A business or organization can be a member of the Association but will have only one vote.
ARTICLE XII - DUES Any change in the annual dues for members will be proposed by the board or directors and voted upon at the next annual meeting.
ARTICLE XIII - ANNUAL MEETING There shall be an annual meeting of the members of the Association during the summer season at some convenient place in the vicinity of Sebec Lake, the date and place to be determined by the directors, such meeting to be held to elect officers and directors, and to consider any other business. Any business relating to the affairs of the Association may be acted on at the annual meeting without specifying the same in the prior notice to members, except that no change in the bylaws shall be voted on at the annual meeting unless such change was described in the prior notice. The members present at the annual meeting shall constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE XIV - SPECIAL MEETING The secretary shall call a special meeting of the Association when so directed by vote of the directors and give adequate advance notice of such meeting.
ARTICLE XV - BYLAWS These bylaws may be changed only at an annual meeting of members by a three-quarter vote of those voting. No change shall be made unless the meeting notice described the proposed change.
ARTICLE XVI - COMMITTEES Standing committees may be appointed by the president with the approval of the board of directors and shall continue their function until discontinued by the directors. The president shall appoint committee membership and designate the chairperson. The appointments shall be until the next annual meeting unless discontinued earlier. Special Committees may be appointed by the president who will designate the chairperson
Revised July 8, 2017
Annual Meeting 2019
SEBEC LAKE ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
July 13, 2019
Thirty-eight members of the Sebec Lake Association met in the Mayo Hospital Piscataquis Room on July 13, 2019. President Brian Woodworth called the meeting to order at 9:40 a. m., welcomed members to the annual meeting and had all Board members introduce themselves.
The 2018 Annual meeting minutes were distributed and read by attendees. The minutes were approved as presented. The Treasurer’s Report was distributed to attendees and commented on by Brian Woodworth who has been acting as Treasurer since Jennifer Stewart resigned in 2018. The report was accepted as presented.
1. Brian commented that paid membership is only 11% and it was discussed how to increase membership. Drew commented that figure was typical. It was discussed how to increase counts: tables at events, word of mouth/talking to neighbors. The Did You Know pamphlet will be updated by Rudy and copies made available at town offices, Road Association meetings and and local events.
2. Brian Krause reported on the IPP initiative. No F-A students are helping this summer. Brian needs permission to access the Lake thru private properties; owners are asked to cooperate. A magnetic sign for the F-A van identifying the group as IPP/SLA might help. The search continues for a donated 14’ boat and motor to make a glass bottomed boat so existing plants can be observed more easily. He will be working in Tim’s Cove this summer. The lake is about 40% mapped.
3. There was a discussion of possible pollution issues with Fireworks and Fishing Tournaments. Fireworks are cleaner than in the past and are disintegrated before landing; it was noted that the heavy metal residue does pollute the water. Shoreline fireworks are unregulated; of the four lake towns, only D-F has an ordinance requiring a permit, but it is not enforced. Fishing tournaments: leaving equipment behind; Rudy commented that the participants have a stake in keeping the lake pristine so they can catch the fish. This led to a discussion of the need to clean all ‘water toys’ that have been in other lakes to avoid contamination by invasives. Cleaning should be done with soap/water away from lake runoff areas. Be vigilant; if you see a boat/equipment entering the lake with out-of-state tags, ask if it’s been washed; if not, share the reasons to wash. Lesley Fernow asked about cleaning stations; there are 6 public boat launches and these stations are very expensive; there are no funds to install any on Sebec. The best defense is to make people AWARE of the problems with invasives and how to remediate. Rudy commented that outdated septic systems cause more pollution than the fireworks. Brian cited stories of inadequate septic systems. Drew discussed new regulations that are in place in Maine for septic systems, with substantial fines for non-compliance. Lesley Fernow commented on how restrictive system placement has become, citing her experience of installing a new system, stating most camp owners may not be able to comply.
4. Brian discussed water level and how Ampersand controls the water; target level during the summer 322.3 to 322.8 feet above sea level. In the spring, the lake must be lowered after ice out to below the dam to install the boards safely. The boards help keep the level within the above targets. In the fall, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife personnel have the option to request a delay drawing the water down until the salmon have spawned. Clearcutting and building within the 320 sq. mile watershed impacts lake level and entry of pollutants. Gary McPheters oversees/controls the Dam, Joe Guyotte is the SLA liaison who works with Gary. The dam has had significant repairs in the past year, and is again producing electricity.
Election of Officers and Board of Directors.
Brian Woodworth explained that he did both President and Treasurer duties for 2019 since we had no treasurer; Rudy Davis has agreed to be President for one year and Brian will take over as Treasurer to avoid conflict of interest. There we no nominations from the floor. The following slate of Officers and Board of Directors was elected unanimously:
Vice President………………. …Vacant
Recording Secretary……..... Janet Hall
Corresponding Secretary… Cindy Woodworth
Bob Hall, Norman Hill, Joe Guyotte, MJ Sheldon-McKenzie, Brian Krause, Drew Daubenspeck, Jennifer Rogers, Megan Daggett, Linda Adams
Budget Items. Rudy explained the Budget items; all were approved:
Website: Up to $500 for Hosting fees ($300) and maintenance ($200).
Water quality testing: up to $100. Lake Stewards of Maine (formerly VLMP) Donation: $500.
Fireworks Donation for 2019: $500. Approved with 5 nay votes.
1. Drew Daubenspeck reported on the Make Lake Society meeting on June 22, 2019. This organization includes many Lake Associations, Lake Stewards of Maine (quality/training of volunteer monitors), Maine Lake Society (legislative issues) and Lake Smart of Maine (advising camp owners on preventing runoff/pollution/etc). He recommended that SLA join at a cost of $3 per member. A motion was made and seconded to join; the vote was unanimous. Drew will look into completing the application.
2. Dues: It was suggested that it is time to increase dues from $15 (which has been the cost from the beginning of SLA.) Options were discussed, including more frequent small increases or a larger single increase, with a $5 per year increase favored. Roberta Fitzgerald moved that the dues be increased to $20 for 2020 with the option to raise them again in subsequent years. The notion was seconded and passed unanimously. Being able to purchase ‘guest memberships’ for friends and family was suggested, but was tabled until next year.
3. It was suggested that SLA work with Road Associations and have all RA members get membership at a discount if the RA pays dues for all of their members. Drew (Tim’s Cove) and Rudy (Ram Island) will work with their RAs to see if there is interest. It can then be expanded to others.
4. Brian reported upcoming community events.
5. Lesley Fernow requested time to speak about Climate Change. Maine is less affected at this time than the rest of the country/world, however, local observation is that ice is on the lake for a shorter time and is not as thick as in the past. The fish need cold water/low oxygen levels to thrive. There have been longer, wetter springs and drier summers. There is proposed Climate legislation in the works to assess a carbon fee on industries that produce fuels that ultimately result in releasing carbon into the atmosphere. The expectation is that these fees would be passed along to the consumer via higher prices. As proposed, these fees would be distributed in equal shares back to everyone in the US regardless of how much or how little an individual consumer uses these fuels. Administration of this program would not be done through the federal government. Contact Lesley to learn more about the Citizens Climate Lobby.
Speaker: Author Brian Smith
Brian lives in New Mexico and summers on Sebec. He was an archeologist before retiring. He has written two books with a third in the works. Brian likes to include local people (generally as good characters), with others both fictional and real cast as the bad guys and possibly being ‘killed off’, using the actual local culture and physical landscapes. Last year’s The Ice Maiden takes place in and around Sebec. This year’s Black Frog is set in Greenville/Moosehead Lake. Bruce raffled off a copy of Black Frog, won by Joe Quinn. Both books are available on Amazon.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a. m.
Janet Hall, Recording Secretary
The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Mayo Regional Hospital on Saturday, July 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the Piscataquis Room. The meeting will be preceded by the Board meeting at 8 a.m. To get to the Piscataquis Room, park at the back of the hospital in the lot on Dwelley Street and enter through the door at the back of the building. The Piscataquis Room is on your left. We look forward to seeing you there!
We hope to replace our paper newsletter with an e-newsletter in the future. Please sign up to receive them when we start. Our past newsletters are achived below.
The Maine Shoreland Zoning Act was enacted in 1971 and has had many revisions since then. Note that more restrictive local zoning laws can be enacted by municipalities. Check with your local town office for specifics for that town.
In a nutshell: current state regulations require 200’ of shore frontage, with that minimum extending to the 100’ setback. Lot size must be a minimum of 40,000 square feet. Within the 100’ setback buffer, no more than 40% of the total volume of trees over 4 inches in diameter may be harvested in any 10 year period. Vegetation less than 3 feet in height, including ground cover, cannot be removed. Pruning the lower 1/3 of tree branches within the buffer is permitted.
This law focuses upon areas near great ponds, rivers and larger streams, coastal areas, and wetlands. The "Shoreland Zoning" law helps to prevent and control water pollution; to protect fish spawning grounds, bird and wildlife habitat; to protect buildings and lands from flooding and accelerated erosion; to protect archeological and historic resources; to protect commercial fishing and maritime industries; to protect freshwater and coastal wetlands; to control building sites, placement of structures and land uses; to conserve shore cover, and visual as well as actual points of access to inland and coastal waters; to conserve natural beauty and open space; and to anticipate and respond to the impacts of development in shoreland areas.
The Shoreland Zoning law requires that municipalities protect shoreland areas through adopting shoreland zoning maps and ordinances. Zoning ordinances provide for what types of activities can occur in certain areas. For example, they address building size and setbacks, and the establishment of resource protection, general development, residential, and other zones. Shoreland areas include areas within 250 feet of the normal high-water line of any great pond, river or saltwater body, areas within 250 feet of the upland edge of a coastal wetland, areas within 250 feet of the upland edge of a freshwater wetland except in certain situations, and areas within 75 feet of the high-water line of a stream.
The law is primarily administered through each municipality, and the local code enforcement officer is usually the first point of contact on shoreland zoning issues. The MDEP also has a Shoreland Zoning Unit.
Currently, the dues money goes to:
The Invasive Plant Patrol Initiative (identifying plants in to water up to 12 feet from the shoreline), Lake water quality testing; Newsletter printing and mailing; Support for the D-F Homecoming Fireworks display; Support for Lake Stewards of Maine programs (was VLMP); and Website development and maintenance.
You can help us decide how to use your money when you become a member and attend the annual meeting.
There are public access boat launches in Dover-Foxcroft at Greeley's Landing, Sebec Village on Cove Road and Bowerbank on Landing Road. Please note that all boats, motors and trailers must be clean of plant materials before launching to avoid introducing invasive plant materials into Sebec Lake.
Dues are due July first for the fiscal year.
The single most serious and imminent threat to Sebec Lake is invasive plants, such as Eurasian Milfoil, Hydrilla and others. We believe Sebec is currently free from invasives. With Milfoil now reported in a nearby Belgrade Lake (Salmon Lake, now free of Milfoil after use of herbicide treatment) and recently Cobbosseecontee Lake (less than 100 miles from Sebec), keeping Sebec Lake free from infestation will take involvement by all of us who enjoy the lake. We encourage you to view this VLMP video and consider volunteering for the Sebec Invasive Plan Patrol team.
Since the summer of 2015, the team has been progressively mapping the vegetation ("littoral") zone of the lake shore, making good progress each summer, and finding no invasive species so far. Mapping the lake is a huge task, and volunteers are welcome, training is provided.
A Rapid Response Team, formed to respond to potential threats reported by camp owners, has visited several locations where camp owners were concerned about vegetation growing in the lake. If you are interested in joining this team, please contact Director Brian Krause.
We received the following information about Cobbosseecontee Lake Milfoil invasion; this supports our need to map the shoreline of Sebec and keep the Invasive Plant Patrol project going!:
Breaking News From
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Invasive Milfoil Confirmed in Cobbosseecontee Lake
Rapid response aims to keep plants in check
AUGUSTA, August 7, 2018
- Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed growth of Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) in the north end of Cobbosseecontee (aka Cobbossee) Lake in Winthrop. The plant was discovered in July by Friends of Cobbossee Watershed (FOCW) plant surveyors. DEP, FOCW and Cobbossee Watershed District have searched for and removed plants since last month's discovery.
This find on a highly-valued central Maine lake highlights the risk of introduction of invasive aquatic species including plants, fish, and other organisms such as zebra mussels. DEP urges boaters to clean, drain, and dry boats, anchor lines and fishing gear before and after launching in Maine waters.
"The sharp eyes of Friends of Cobbossee Watershed surveyors found this invasive species at what we believe to be an early growth stage," said DEP Commissioner Paul Mercer. "Initial surveying and removal efforts by Friends of Cobbossee Watershed, Cobbosee Watershed District and DEP indicate the plant is confined to the north end of the lake. We are optimistic that continued rapid response by local organizations and DEP will reduce risk of this plant from spreading to other parts of the lake, and to other lakes. It's too early to tell if eradication is achievable but that is the goal of this collaborative rapid response effort.
The lake community is fortunate to have strong local organizations working to protect area waters."
The message to boaters is simple: clean, drain and dry your watercraft, trailers and equipment before launching and after removing from every waterbody. Cleaning-up a problem is much more expensive than preventing a problem.
Eurasian water milfoil, an aggressive aquatic plant throughout the U.S., is known to be in only one water body in the state, a 28-acre pond in Scarborough.
Long before white settlers make their appearance at the lake, it was certainly inhabited by Indians as shown by the great number of arrowheads and stone implements found along the shore. Their name for the lake was Sebecco. In the 1850s folks from the towns of Dover and Foxcroft could take a stagecoach to the Landing. Starting in 1860 there were boats offering rides on the lake. In the middle 1800s and through to the mid-1900s, there were many sawmills and log drives on the lake. In the early 1900s, cottages (known in the area as ‘camps’) were being built on the lake. In 1964, Dover-Foxcroft lawyer Francis Peaks, presented an 800 acre tract of land at the lake to the state to become Maine’s 18th state park, to be named Peaks-Kenny. It is tucked back in a large cove (South Cove), a short distance from Greeley’s Landing. How has Sebec Lake grown over the years? The first listed number of cottages at the lake was 40 before the turn of the century. Now there are over 900 residences, both seasonal and year-round.
Sebec Lake is located in central Maine, in Piscataquis County at latitude 45, longitude -69. It is about 11 miles long and about 2 miles wide at its widest point, about 6800 acres. The average water depth is 42 feet, and 155 feet at its maximum. The direct watershed area is 160 square miles (about 20 rivers and streams), with the indirect watershed being 327 square miles. The only outlet is the Sebec River; outflow is controlled by a dam used to generate hydroelectric power. Sebec Lake has four towns that border its shoreline: Dover-Foxcroft, Sebec, Bowerbank and Willimantic. Large portions of the shore line are uninhabited. There are three public boat launches around the lake: Dover-Foxcroft (Greeley’s Landing), Sebec Village (Cove Road), and Bowerbank (Landing Road). The open water fishing season begins at ice-out, usually in early May, and continues until September 30. It is then illegal to fish for any species until January 1, after freeze-up.
The water quality of Sebec Lake is above average for lakes in Maine, according to the Maine DEP. A constant concern is to keep invasive species out of the lake. These are introduced by boats which are brought to the lake with remnants of the invasive plants (e. g. milfoil, hydrilla) somewhere on the boat, motor or trailer. It is important to inspect and clean boats, trailers, PWC, tubes, water shoes or any devices which have been in other bodies of water prior to launching them on the lake.Water Levels Water Clarity Phosphorus Tests
Change in Ownership at Sebec Dam
On November 30, 2007 the assets of Sebec Electric Limited Partnership were sold to: Ampersand Sebec Lake Hydro LLC c/o Ampersand Energy Partners LLC 717 Atlantic Avenue, Ste 1A Boston, MA 02111.
Prior to that date the former owners engaged the Swift River Hydro Operations to carry out the most extensive overhaul of the dam facility in the past 25-years. The turbines were overhauled and the gates were repaired essentially rebuilding them with new steel rollers, cleaning corrosion from the gate guides, strengthening corroded areas where the rollers were attached, installing new seals along the bottom of each gate and J-seals along the sides of the gates. A number of concrete areas within the flumes where spalling had started due to submersion of the flume over the last 25 years were repaired. Additionally, all the cracks on the dam and its concrete apron were sealed, and divers worked on numerous small leaks found on the up-stream side of the timber crib dam.
Once the units were made operational again the PLC system was activated for controlling the lake level using the lake level control system. The work took over six weeks to complete.
Following is the Maine Board of Environmental Protection approved Small Hydroelectric Generating Facilities Permit and Water Quality Certification for the Sebec Dam for the purpose of generating hydroelectric power:
A. Except as temporarily modified by (1) approved maintenance activities, (2) extreme hydrologic conditions as defined below, (3) emergency electrical system conditions as defined below, or (4) agreement between the applicant, appropriate state and/or federal agencies, and the Sebec Lake Association, and commencing October 1, 2005 the project shall be operated in a run-of-the river mode, with outflow approximately equal to the inflow on an instantaneous basis except during flashboard failure or replacement, and with Sebec Lake levels maintained within six inches of full pond elevation (that is between elevations 322.8 and 322.3 feet) when flashboards are in place and within three inches of spillway crest elevation (that is, between elevations 321.3 and 321.0 feet) when flashboards are not in place.
B. “Extreme Hydrologic Conditions” means the occurrence of events beyond the applicant’s control, such as, but not limited to, abnormal precipitation, extreme runoff, flood conditions, ice conditions or other hydrologic conditions such as the operational restrictions and requirements contained herein are impossible to achieve or are inconsistent with safe operation of the project.
C. “Emergency Electrical System Conditions” means operating emergencies beyond applicant’s control which require changes in flow regimes to eliminate such emergencies which may in some circumstances include but are not limited to equipment failure or other abnormal temporary operating condition, generating unit operation or third party mandated interruptions under power supply emergencies; and orders from local, state, or federal law enforcement or public safety authorities.
D. Notwithstanding Part A of this condition, the lake level shall whenever possible be drawn down in late winter to help reduce seasonal flooding, with a target lake level of 317.8 feet on or before March 31st, and a minimum flow of 40 cfs, as established in Condition 3 of this permit, shall be maintained at all times. A three-member Sebec Dam Liaison Committee of the Sebec Lake Association has been formed to establish an ongoing dialog with new owners of the dam. RBH (5/12/2008)
Lake level specifications of Operating Permit at Sebec Lake Following has been taken from the MEDEP August 17, 2005 action to reflect a change in operation of the project (Sebec Hydro, FERC No. 7253) from its present store-and-release operating mode to a run-if-the-river mode.
1. Original Approval. By order #49-8594-21180 dated July 13, 1983 the Board of Environmental Protection approved a Small Hydroelectric Generating Facilities permit and Water Quality Certification for the proposed redevelopment of the existing Sebec Dam for the purpose of generating hydroelectric power.
To address local concerns regarding long-term protection of fish and wildlife habitat and public uses the Board attached several conditions to its approval requiring that specified water levels be maintained in Sebec Lake as follows:
Condition 1: Except as irreconcilably limited by inflows to the impoundment, temporary abnormal operating conditions, by unit operation or interruption under power supply emergencies, or by order of state, local or federal authorities, where all such conditions are beyond the applicant’s control, and commencing with project construction, water levels in the impoundment shall be maintained annually: a) between 322.8 and 322.3 feet from Memorial Day to the Monday after Labor Day b) between 322.8 and 319.0 feet from Monday after Labor Day to September 30th c) between 322.8 and 317.2 feet from October 1st to the following Memorial Day. d) except that the water levels may be drawn below 310 feet during the period from the Monday after Labor day to September 10th during the construction season.
Condition 2: Water levels between October 15th and May 1st of the following year are maintained at elevations no lower than the water level achieved on October 15th.
Condition 3: An instantaneous minimum flow of 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) be maintained from the project at all times. 2. First Modification. In 1993 the ME Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife notified the project owner and the DEP results of a 5-year study that was conducted at Sebec Lake. Based on this study and in consultation with other interested parties, the DEP determined that holding the lake at or above elevation 322.0 feet until October 15 would benefit salmon spawning while not adversely affecting other uses of the lake.
Based on DEP’s determination, by order #L-8594-35-G-M dated July 19, 1995 the Board deleted Condition 2 and modified Condition 1 of its original approval to read as follows:
Condition 1 (revised): A. Except as temporarily modified by inflows to the project area, or by operating emergencies beyond Sebec Hydro’s control, as defined below, water levels in Sebec Lake shall be maintained annually as follows: between 322.8 and 322.3 feet Memorial Day to Monday after Labor Day between 322.8 and 322.0 feet Monday after Labor Day to October 15th* between 322.8 and 317.2 feet October 15th to following Memorial Day. * Sebec Hydro retains the authority to begin the fall drawdown before October 15th if deemed prudent in response to predicted storm events. B. Operating emergencies beyond Sebec Hydro’s control include, but may not be limited to, equipment or flashboard failure or other temporary abnormal operation condition, generating unit operation or interruption under power supply emergencies, and orders from local, state or federal law enforcement or public safety officials.
Condition 2 (eliminated): Condition 3 (as before): An instantaneous minimum flow of 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) be maintained from the project at all times. 3. Second Modification In January, 2006 the project owner, Sebec Hydro Limited Partnership, proposed to modify the operation of the approved project from its present store-and-release mode, in which lake levels are periodically drawn down to take advantage of the runoff from seasonal precipitation and snow-melt, to a run-of-river mode, in which the project would be operated on an outflow equals inflow basis and lake levels would remain stable except when a drawdown is needed to control flooding or due to operating emergencies. The DEP determined that the proposed change should “reduce the environmental impacts of fluctuating lake levels while enhancing the economic viability of the project”.
Accordingly, by Department Order #L-8594-35-H-M, dated August 17, 2005, Condition 1 of Board Order #49-8594-21180 dated July 13, 1983, as previously modified by Board Order #L-8594-35-G-M dated July 19, 1995, was further modified to read as follows:
Condition 1 (as remodified): A. Except as temporarily modified by (1) approved maintenance activities, (2) extreme hydrologic conditions as defined below, (3) emergency electrical system conditions as defined below, or (4) agreement between the applicant, appropriate state and/or federal agencies, and the Sebec Lake Association, and commencing October 1, 2005 the project shall be operated in a run-of-the river mode, with outflow approximately equal to the inflow on an instantaneous basis except during flashboard failure or replacement, and with Sebec Lake levels maintained within six inches of full pond elevation (that is between elevations 322.8 and 322.3 feet) when flashboards are in place and within three inches of spillway crest elevation (that is, between elevations 321.3 and 321.0 feet) when flashboards are not in place. B. “Extreme Hydrologic Conditions” means the occurrence of events beyond the applicant’s control, such as, but not limited to, abnormal precipitation, extreme runoff, flood conditions, ice conditions or other hydrologic conditions such as the operational restrictions and requirements contained herein are impossible to achieve or are inconsistent with safe operation of the project. C. “Emergency Electrical System Conditions” means operating emergencies beyond applicant’s control which require changes in flow regimes to eliminate such emergencies which may in some circumstances include but are not limited to equipment failure or other abnormal temporary operating condition, generating unit operation or third party mandated interruptions under power supply emergencies; and orders from local, state, or federal law enforcement or public safety authorities. D. Notwithstanding Part A of this condition, the lake level shall whenever possible be drawn down in late winter to help reduce seasonal flooding, with a target lake level of 317.8 feet on or before March 31st, and a minimum flow of 40 cfs, as established in Condition 3 of this permit, shall be maintained at all times.
Condition 2 (already eliminated) Condition 3 (contained now within Condition 1 – in Part D) RBH, 10/8/2007
The water quality of Sebec Lake is above average for lakes in Maine, according to the Maine DEP. A constant concern is to keep invasive species out of the lake. These are introduced by boats which are brought to the lake with remnants of the invasive plants (e.g. milfoil, hydrilla) somewhere on the boat, motor or trailer. It is important to inspect and clean boats, trailers, and other water 'toys' which have been in other bodies of water prior to launching them on the lake. Should you find any plant that you suspect to be an invasive plant you should take a sample in a plastic bag with some water and contact Bob Hall and get the sample to him to verify.
Invasive Plant Patrol Initiative
The SLA concerns about Invasive species invading our precious lake are growing and we are now forming a plan to be proactive in our approach.
At the top of the list of this threat are invasive plants, such as Eurasian Milfoil and Hydrilla. These two species of invasive plant, which can effectively take over and kill the lake, are now just a two hour drive away from Sebec. They are present in the Belgrade lakes, and continue their migration northward and eastward from other infestations. How does this happen? Fragments of these invaders arrive on boats, trailers, PWCs, canoes, kayaks, waders, skis, tubes and yes, even kids' toys. Belgrade Lakes is believed to have been infested by Duck decoys. Fragments survive even the harsh extremes of winter, and can remain dormant for many months, both in the water and on land. It takes vigilance and a commitment from Camp owners to keep them at bay. It means a monitoring team needs to be formed, not just to patrol the areas of highest infestation risk, e.g. launches and marinas, but to respond to any Camp owner who suspects they may have one of these plants growing at their lakefront.
SLA, as many of you know, has been the tip of the spear in protecting Sebec Lake from a variety of threats over the years. We've depended on the volunteerism and membership support to perform this function. And now we need your help as much as ever.
SLA has formulated plans to create an Invasive Plant Patrol team. The team will perform several key functions:
1. Survey the lake shore zones, creating a map of what is currently growing where. Initiated in 2015, the survey has progessively been working the shore zone, with high risk areas such as the marinas, boat launches and strem inlets a top priority. The IPP goal is to complete the entire shoreline in the next 3 to 5 years.
2. The IPP team, working in conjunction with the State and local governments, will design and place additional educational signage about invasive species at all launches and marinas. Education is our best preventive measure.
3.The IPP team will be trained in rapid response to any report of potential invasive plant, so that we can safely and effectively trap it and send it off for official analysis without risking further spreading.
The creation and activation of this team is no easy task, and it needs your help. How??
First and foremost, volunteer to be on the IPP team. If you'd like to volunteer, contact SLA President Brian Woodworth at 207-217-0962 or Board member Rudy Davis at 978-204-6799.
Second, volunteer your kayak or canoe to the effort.
Third, make a dedicated financial contribution to the effort. The team will need equipment: logs, view scopes, maps, specialized rakes and other things of this nature.
Finally, become educated about this threat, and make sure the toys you put in the water, or that any visitors may put in the water, are appropriately washed and cleaned prior to going in.
The SLA believes it is critical not to underestimate the threat these invasive species pose to our Lake. If you'd like to see what an infestation looks like, please refer to the WLMP site.
So, please consider getting involved.
Sebec Lake has several native fish species, including landlocked salmon, lake trout, brook trout, sunfish, American eel, brown bullhead, and white sucker. With planned removal of dams and creation of fish ladders, the Penobscot River Project could allow invasive species to enter Sebec. LD134, prohibiting fish ladders on the Sebec River at Milo and Sebec was signed into law in 2011. The potential for introduction of non-native species by irresponsible individuals still exists. Sebec Lake Association Directors are involved in committees with the goal of reducing that possibility.
Northern Pike, illegally introduced into the Belgrade Chain of Lakes in the 1970's, are now present in at least 16 lakes in the Kennebec, Androscoggin, and coastal river drainages. They are suspected to occur in several additional waters. These newest populations have been derived from illegal transport or by out-migration from lakes were they have become established. Pike are voracious predators on other fishes, and their presence in one lake is suspected of destroying one of the state's premier landlocked salmon populations.
There have been reports of pike being caught in Sebec. Tim Obrey, Maine Inland Fisheries&Wildlife Biologist, says "there have had reports like this in the past, but they always have turned out to be pickerel. There are some big pickerel in the lake and it's easy to confuse the two species." See Identifying the Pike Family or Pike vs. Pickerel for information on differentiating between pickerel and pike.
Unauthorized introductions of invasive, exotic fish species are particularly destructive to Maine's native brook trout populations, but they may also cause irreversible changes to entire aquatic ecosystems by restructuring plankton and forage fish communities that have evolved since the last glacial retreat. Moreover, strategies to eliminate or control invasive fish are difficult to design and implement, costly, and almost entirely ineffective.
Illegally stocking fish is a crime and often irreversible, especially in a lake the size of Sebec. The illegal introduction of any fish into any Maine water is a Class E crime, punishable by fines up to $10,000! The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is offering a minimum reward of $2,000 for information leading to the apprehension of persons responsible for the illegal introduction of fish.
Call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-253-7887. For more information, see Illegal Fish Stocking in Maine.
If you think you have caught an invasive species, contact Bob Hall with clear photos of the fish.
In Fall 2012, Tim Obrey, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist, called together a group of individuals with an interest in maintaining Sebec Lake's unique qualities to create a plan for managing this precious resource. In addition to Tim, the Sebec Lake Stakeholders Group includes Brian Woodworth, Jerry Colbry, Jerry Packard, Jim Drinkwater, Ben Devers, Norm Hill, Peter Chase, and John Tatko. After much work and discussion, the Plan has been finalized:
At the 2015 Annual Meeting, Tim Obrey talked about the IFW project to monitor salmon attempting to jump Earley's Falls to spawn in the river above the falls. This included specially made equipment to trap the salmon both before and after jumping the falls, as well as monitoring the feed stock necessary for the salmon fry to mature.
Sebec Lake has a long history of the hazards being marked dating back as far as 1901 when the Maine State legislature appropriated $250 to be used by the steamboat inspectors to place buoys 'at such points in Sebec Lake as will best serve the needs of navigation thereon.' Little is known about the early marking of hazards in the lake or where specific buoys were placed but it is interesting to note that this effort took place on Sebec at such an early time in the State history.
After its formation in 1971, the Lake Association began investigating the possibility of placing and maintaining hazard markers around the lake in places where boating hazards had been identified by the camp owners on the lake. However, it took until 1975 for markers to actually be installed at the locations identified by camp owners and staff from the Department of Conservation. The buoys were placed and maintained by the Sebec Lake Association from 1975 until 1988, when it was deemed that the potential liability to the Lake Association was considerable, and the Maine Department of Conservation took over the responsibility of placing the markers, which continues today. The four person Navigational Aids Program, headed by Tim Thurston, Navigation Aids Supervisor is part of the newly merged Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, Boating Facilities Division. The Nav Aids Program currently places and maintains more than 2,400 buoys on 40 lakes located all over Maine to assist watercraft operators in avoiding hazards to navigation during the summer season.
The criteria utilized by the DOACF for placing a marker include:
1. The hazard is located beyond the 200' Water Safety Zone from the shore towards the middle of the lake; typically hazards within the Water Safety Zone are not marked except for channels or when hazards are determined to be in high traffic areas.
2. The hazard is covered by less than 4' of water at expected low water during the boating season. For Sebec, the boating season is considered to be from ice-out to mid-October and 'low water' is considered to be 3 feet below the target level of 322 feet (above sea level).
Each marker has its location identified by GPS coordinates and has a contact phone number on it to report problems. Since different markings (coloration configuration) have different meanings, it is important that boaters become familiar with the meaning of each type of marker. It is suggested that a copy of the pictorial guide to buoy markings be printed out to carry on the boat until such time as you are familiar with the various markings.
During summer 2013, the department reviewed all markers placed on Sebec Lake, adding additional markers as necessary and removing those which no longer meet the criteria above.
If you have downloaded Google Earth program to your computer, the Nav Aids staff has put together a Google Earth application displaying all markers for which they are responsible, including Sebec Lake. It is even possible to download the coordinates to the buoys and transfer them to your personal GPS for use on the water.
If you have a question about a missing or moved marker, or a suggestion for placing a new marker, contact one of the Sebec Lake Association Board members by email (see the Contact Us at the top of each page). It will be helpful if you have specific location information identifying landmarks, nearby roads or, even better, GPS coordinates. The Board member will then contact the Boating Facilities Division and provide them with a list of potential hazards to be considered for future marking.
The State of Maine buoy page will work much better if you have Google Earth installed on your PC as opposed to it being run through a browser like Internet Explorer or Chrome. If you don't have it installed yet, please do so here ; it's free. It must be installed in order to view the Maine buoy maps.
Once Google Earth has installed, go to Maine Inland Navigational Aids and select "Launch our Google Earth Navigational Aid map". When it asks what you want to do with the buoy file, choose download to my PC and put the file somewhere you can find it; the icon (white circle, gray waves, with 'Pro' at the bottom of the circle) should appear on your desktop. Double click the buoy file you just downloaded and Google Earth should open automatically with the State of Maine map.
The sidebar on the left hand side allows you to select Sebec Lake (under 'Buoys by Lake'), you may also want to deselect 'Disclaimer' (to give you more room to see the lake). You can also open/close the sidebar by clicking on 'View'. Navigate using the standard zoom/directional buttons on the right side.
If you click on the image below and open in a new window or tab, it will allow you to read the details more clearly.
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SEBEC LAKE SUMMER READING
Take a hammock break this summer from working on the dock or trying to get the outboard running, and settle down with these murder mysteries set in the Sebec Lake region of central Maine.
The Ice Maiden: In this award-winning debut novel by local author B. D. Smith, the twisting plot line features Detective Doug Bateman and Investigator Anne Quinn investigating a series of bizarre murders occurring right here on and around Sebec Lake.
Black Frog: Available June 2019, in the second book in the series, the scene shifts to Greenville and Moosehead Lake, where Bateman hunts for a killer attacking environmentalists opposed to a development project on Moosehead Lake, while Anne Quinn is conducting a parallel investigation of assaults on young women living in the small towns of Piscataquis County. Are the cases related?
Books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Major Booksellers.
16 Summer St
Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426
Local. Family-Owned. Professional Service.
Dave's World, located in Dover-Foxcroft, provides affordable and modern home solutions from cabinets to heat pumps.
Our product offering includes appliances, flooring, cabinets, heat pumps, mattresses, and even a U.S. Cellular Store.
We also service all appliances and heat pumps!
Visit us in Dover-Foxcroft or on our website.
69 E. Main St
Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426
Stop by Dover True Value Hardware Store for all your home improvement needs. Conveniently located on Main Street, it's easy to pick up one bag of nuts and bolts or enough supplies to complete your entire project. We've been helping our customers find exactly what they need since 1994 with friendly, knowledgeable and attentive service. We stock a wide variety of hardware and home supplies including housewares, tools, appliances, building supplies, and more to tackle all those items on your weekend to-do list.
Shop local and surprise yourself with everything Dover True Value Hardware can do for you.
Our outdoor power equipment shop offers on-site repair services for you mower, snow lower, hand held equipment and power tools.
248 Maple Rd
Atkinson ME 04426
ProTech Solutions is a new Wireless Internet Service Provider on Sebec Lake providing speeds up to 30 Mbps download and 15 Mbps upload which is much faster than other competitors in the area. DSL type service using phones lines is not capable of these speeds.
ProTech Solutions is locally owned and operated and you can reach someone 7 days a week including evenings. Internet Service is extremely reliable and is just $49.95 total cost including all other taxes and fees.
ProTech Solutions has no data caps or usage limits so you can stream movies 24/7 with no worries. ProTech has no contract and offers a seasonal plan with a minimum of 4 months per year.
There is a 30 day money back guarantee if your not satisfied. ProTech already has dozens of satisfied customers on Sebec lake and covers everyone from Turtle Cove to the Narrows on both sides of the lake with expansions possible.
Give us a call with any questions. Thank You!
253 Main Rd
Charleston ME 04422
191 and 192 E. Main St
Dover Foxcroft ME 04426
Rowell's Garage has been providing school busing to SAD 68, quality vehicles, and vehicle servicing to the Piscataquis County area since 1946. And now, we have a state of the art automatic drive through car wash to offer area residents.
45 Peaks-Kenny State Park Rd
Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426
Marine Sales & Service, Parts & Accessories including Boat and Dock sales and rentals
Park Grocery, Deli, Camping Supplies, Campfire wood, Sebec Lake apparel,Fishing/Hunting Licenses/Milfoil stickers
Greeley's Landing Motor Co: Quality Used Cars, Maine Inspection Station, Auto & Motorcycle, 23 Hour Towing
Merrill Propane: Cylinder & Bulk LP Gas Sales & Service
The Bear's House Museum: a unique collection of Sebec Lake History; open Thurs,Fri,Sat 1pm-5pm during Summer months
This comprehensive site includes photos to identify invasive aquatic plants as well as state maps indicating which water bodies are currently infested and what type of invasive plant has been found.
Brian Krause, a science teacher at our local high school (Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft) and now a director of the SLA, worked with SLA VP Rudy Davis to get the IPP (invasive plant patrol) mapping project started in 2015. This year, his crew for the project were FA students who received science credit for their work mapping the lake shoreline, recording existing native plants in each area along the shore, and looked for any invasive plants; no invasives were found.
We meet on Tuesday mornings in the student lounge of Foxcroft Academy West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft - 6:15 AM Evening meetings held on the last Tuesday of the month - 6:00 PM
The Mission of the Lake Stewards of Maine is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health.
LEA is a regional non-profit organization, funded by members, focused on protecting lakes and water quality in western Maine. LEA’s mission is to preserve and restore the high water quality and the traditional character of Maine’s lakes, watersheds and related natural resources. The long-term survival of Maine’s lakes is critical to present and future generations.
Maine Lakes Society is a membership organization with a mission to promote, protect and enhance lake water quality, and to preserve the ecological, economic, recreational, and aesthetic benefits of Maine’s lakes. We support our member lake associations with their local efforts, and engage our individual members in outreach, education and action.
Produced by the Center Theatre, The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival is the sweetest day in the state of Maine! Recognized in 2011 as the Maine State Treat, the Whoopie Pie has always held a place of honor in the stores of Maine and the hearts of Mainers everywhere. The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival was founded in 2008 by the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft as a celebration of the uniquely Maine dessert. The festival has grown from a small local event drawing several hundred people to a massive celebration drawing people from all corners of the state, country and even the world. Each year, several thousand people descend on Dover-Foxcroft to sample whoopie pies from dozens of bakers around the state.
Since 1944 the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District has worked in our community to protect the soil, water, forests and farms in this region. We are a leader in agriculture and forestry by providing education and technical assistance to promote the conservation of natural resources upon which we depend. Our shared vision is of an environmentally stronger Maine, with healthy and stable soils, clean and unimpaired rivers, streams, brooks, and water bodies, strong and productive forested areas, profitable and sustainable agriculture, informed and involved conservation minded residents, and for Maine to be a leader in individual conservation practices.
For all of those who have had the privilege to spend time at Sebec Lake, share pictures, memories and stories.
The Three Rivers Community is a group of towns in the Maine Highlands with a total population of about 6,000.
The Three Rivers Community is a group of towns in central Maine including Atkinson, Bowerbank, Brownville, LaGrange, Lake View, Medford, Milo, and Sebec, with a total population of about 5,000 people. Its goal is to link our communities, businesses, schools, and organizations together for better social and economic benefits.
The Tim's Cove Property Owners association is comprised of camp and cabin owners along the shores of Tim's Cove on Sebec Lake. We work together to maintain the roads to our properties, keep each other informed of various issues that affect our properties on Sebec Lake, and work with the Town of Willimantic on areas of joint concern.
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