October 12, 2014

Portland Water District launches kayaks to celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

On the morning of Saturday, September 27th, local residents joined the Portland Water District (PWD) to launch a fleet of 26 kayaks where the Sticky River meets Sebago Lake in Standish. The excursion was one of 125 plus events occurring throughout the state to encourage the public to celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. One reason to celebrate the great outdoors is certainly a valuable resource like Sebago Lake – the drinking water for one-fifth of Maine’s population. 
PWD hopes to inspire stewardship and protection of this resource by providing opportunities for the public to learn about Sebago Lake – its water quality, history and ecology. As kayakers paddled leisurely through the open water marsh, through the abandoned trestle and into Sebago Lake, they were treated to various sights and sounds. A Common Loon family, Bald Eagles, painted turtles, fragrant water lilies, and whirligig beetles were just a few sights on the kayaking excursion.

Beach launch photo by Sarah Plummer, PWD Environmental Education Coordinator: Participants from Gorham, Windham, Standish, Portland, and Scarborough get ready to launch the fleet of 26 kayaks into the Sticky River to access Sebago Lake.

Hands in air photo by Hannah Shute, PWD Environmental Educator: Participants in PWD’s kayaking event on Sebago Lake enjoy a beautiful fall day as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend on September 27.

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