small island” thanks to a contest sponsored by the Lakes & Streams Committee during Lake Appreciation Week.
The big island is now known as Heron Island, and the small one, Loon Island. Those who submitted the winning names received Lake Appreciation Week T-shirts.
Eastman’s Lakes & Streams Committee is very active in water testing, and in organizing volunteers for weed watching and lake hosting. Water quality testing is done in conjunction with the state Department of Environmental Services and the water testing labs at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. The Weed Watchers keep their eyes below the lake’s surface and arounds its
edges to make sure invasive plants don’t get a hold on the lake. The Lake Hosts inspect watercraft before it gets put into the water to insure there are no invasive plants or animals attached. All three jobs require training.
Lakes & Streams Committee Chair Ron Carr said there were 34 Lake Hosts, a complete team of Weed Watchers, a solid cadre of water quality testers, and an excellent presentation at the end of Lake Appreciation Week.
“This community should be, and in fact is proud of the strength and ability of this committee,” he said. “I’d like to offer a huge thanks to all of those who helped out this year.”