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What Kind of Lake Is That? Putting Maine’s Lakes Into Categories for Better Water Quality Assessments and Protections
Maine has thousands of lakes, and all are unique. However, many lakes share traits that help lake managers, watershed organizations, and researchers compare and evaluate them. This is especially important for lake assessments, which often compare a lake’s condition to the condition of reference lakes from minimally-disturbed watersheds. By determining which natural attributes of lakes and their watersheds have the strongest influence on lake condition, we can place lakes into categories that define what the conditions of certain types of lakes should be. These categories will help managers place lake data in the proper context for better evaluation and planning. This talk will be about how lake types were developed for Maine lakes, and how these types may be applied to lake assessment and protection.

Feb 17, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jeremy Deeds
Aquatic Ecologist @Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Jeremy Deeds has been an aquatic ecologist for the Lakes Assessment Section of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) since 2014. He has worked on water quality projects in the northeast U.S. over the past 20 years allowing him to build relationships and share research ideas with other experts. A native Mainer, Jeremy grew up fishing and boating on the lakes of Maine and feels fortunate to work on studying and helping to protect them. At DEP, he studies various aspects of Maine lakes, including the measurement of changes in water quality over time and the role of shoreland development in shallow-water habitat quality. He lives in Topsham with his family, who all enjoy getting out on the water as much as possible.