Friends of Sebago Lake

Protecting Maine's Finest Beaches

March 22, 2018: Public Meeting Summary

By: Douglas Watts Thursday night, March 22, Roger Wheeler and I, Douglas Watts, represented FOSL at a public meeting held by S.D. Warren for removing the Saccarappa dam on the Presumpscot River in downtown Westbrook. The meeting was held in the Westbrook High School auditorium. We did not learn...

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Songo Beach Nov. 25, 2017

On Saturday November 25, 2017 Friends of Sebago Lake paid a visit to Songo Beach at Sebago Lake State Park. In 1988 Songo Beach was designated by the State of Maine as Maine “Finest Inland Beach”.  It has been ruined.  With these recent photos it is apparent that Songo...

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FOSL Presents In Gorham

Since 2002 FOSL efforts have included work and funding to help restore the natural sea run fishery that once existed in the Presumpscot River watershed before colonial times and during periods of time up to the early 1900’s.

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April 2017 Newsletter

Friends of Sebago Lake has filed a letter with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding SAPPI's reduced outflow management since last summer.

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SEA RUNNING SALMON, SHAD AND ALEWIVES TO PONDICHERRY AND HARRISON

The Friends of Sebago Lake is standing against the fishery killing ”Sacarappa Agreement”(SA) which is a blatant precedent setting violation of the Clean Water Act.

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How Maine’s Sea-Run Fish were Overfished to Oblivion

A few early to mid 1800s historic references I just came across illustrate how early and quickly the sea-run fish of Maine rivers were wiped out by over-fishing: Citation: William Durkee Williamson. 1832. The History of the State of Maine. Vol. 1. Glazer, Masters & Co. Hallowell, Maine. At...

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How Natural Lake Levels Rebuild Natural Beaches

The above photo is from April 1, 1992 at Songo Beach at Sebago Lake State Park. It was taken by geologists with the Maine Geological Survey. On this day the lake was at 263.92 feet msl. The long 2-3 foot high piles of sand were bulldozed up the beach...

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Silica Depletion and Lake Regulation

Everything in Nature is Connected.

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FOSL Research Fuels New Book On Maine’s Alewives

“Alewife” is a personal, biological and historical account of the alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus), one of the (formerly) most abundant sea-run fish of the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. It is the only full-length treatment of the natural and cultural history of this keystone wildlife species ever written. The newly published book...

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Dry Spring Prevents Sebago Reaching Full Pond

An unusually dry April and May has caused Sebago Lake to remain more than a foot below its ‘full pond’ target of approx. 266.65 feet mean sea level (msl). From late April to early May the lake flattened out at 265.35 msl despite S.D. Warren allowing only the legally...

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