Symposium co-hosted by Saint Joseph's College and the Portland Water District

by SJC Press Room

(Standish, Maine) - The Sebago Lake Symposium on February 2, 2019 will be hosted by the Portland Water District and the Center for Sustainable Communities at Saint Joseph's College of Maine. This event offers an opportunity for Sebago Lake community members and scientists to interactively and collaboratively share and grow their understanding of Sebago Lake, a freshwater lake that provides water for 15% of Maine's population. The event runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Standish campus ("snow date" has been set for February 9th).

Topics covered by speakers and sessions include: health of Sebago Lake fisheries, Sebago Lake water quality, climate change impacts, the Sebago Lake monitoring buoy, algae and invasive plants, citizen science opportunities, beach closures, and policies for lake protection. Detailed session descriptions and the symposium schedule are available at

The Symposium is free and open to the public. Because seats are limited and the lunch and a beer tasting are included for symposium participants, those who are interested should register at The event is limited to 150 registrants and registration is required. If you register and your plans to attend change, please email

Dr. Emily Lesher

Dr. Emily Lesher, deploying new Sebago Lake monitoring buoy with Portland Water District staff.

Saint Joseph’s College and the Portland Water District applied for and received the grant to support sustainable water resource management, lake research, undergraduate research training, and community engagement. Partial funding of the Symposium and the Sebago Lake buoy was provided by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey through the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine, under Grant No. G16AP00057.

A more inclusive list of supporters and sponsors for the Symposium includes: