Welcome to our Sebec Lake Association's web site. On our site you will find information about Sebec Lake as well as information for our members. Learn more about our organization, including our mission, bylaws, and meet our officers and directors. You may also pay your dues, make a donation, purchase Sebec Lake decals, read our annual meeting minutes, past newsletters and peruse FAQs.
Our Lake Information includes the history of the area, geographic information, water quality testing results, water clarity and level data, as well as information on the dam, its agreement with the state, information on invasive plants and a map of the watershed area.
We welcome new members. Anyone who has an interest in Sebec Lake and supports our mission to Preserve and Protect the lake is welcome and encouraged to become a member of the Sebec Lake Association. Dues are only $15 per year.
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All residents and visitors to our lovely Sebec Lake area are encouraged to join our association. Please consider joining us. Dues are only $15 a year.
Even if you are not interested in joining us, please take the time to fill out the member form, which helps us keep property ownership records current. Your email will not be shared with any third parties. Please use this form to update any information. First and last name are required; the year lake property was acquired helps us determine ownership changes. If you don't own lake property, but want to be a member, you may ignore those property fields. Thank you for helping to Preserve and Protect Sebec Lake.
Anyone who has an interest in Sebec Lake and supports our mission to 'Preserve and Protect' the lake is welcome and encouraged to become a member of the Sebec Lake Association. The Sebec Lake Association dues are $15 a year.
Please use our PayPal link to remit payment. You are not required to sign up for PayPal to do this. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail a check for $15 to Treasurer, Sebec Lake Association, PO Box 303, Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426.
If you own lake property, please include the home and property/camp mailing addresses on your check so we can credit the correct Membership record.
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Get your Sebec Lake Association Decals here! Cost is $2 per decal, plus $1 postage and handling for the entire order.
The Sebec Lake Association is an incorporated organization of property owners and friends of Sebec Lake, founded in 1971. Since then, the Association has acted to protect and preserve Sebec Lake.
These efforts may be addressed by persons responsible for the following areas:
1. Water Quality: The Association has equipment for sampling and analysis. A sustained monitoring program of clarity and annual water testing for phosphorous is well established.
2. Water Level: When the outlet to Sebec Lake was developed for hydro-electric power, the Association reached an agreement with the developer and various government and regulatory agencies, insuring a stable water level during summer months, with allowances for weather conditions. The Association continues to work with the Dam owner (now Ampersand), the local dam operators, Maine's Department of Environmental Protection, Maine's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to determine optimum water levels during the year.
3. Promotion, Membership and Publicity: Through our website (www.sebeclakeassoc.com) and annual newsletters sent to all property owners and members, the Association keeps property owners informed as to their responsibilities in protection and preservation as well as encouraging membership in the Association. The annual meeting is in July or August and is announced on the website and publicized in the Piscataquis Observer.
4. Protection of Watershed: The Association was successful in removing the watershed from spruce budworm spraying in the early 1980s. There needs to be continued vigilance directed toward monitoring activities in the watershed.
5. Environmental Issues: The website and newsletter are a means of sharing information with property owners. Articles on invasive plant species and invasive fish species, the need for shoreline vegetation, how to limit phosphorous getting into the lake are all topics that have been addressed to help property owners "Preserve and Protect" Sebec Lake.
6. Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Liaison: Tim Obrey, regional fish biologist for the area is a resource and willing to answer questions related to the Lake.
7. Social Activities: Social activities will be planned as time permits. These may be coordinated with other local area groups.
ARTICLE I - NAME The name of this organization shall be the Sebec Lake Association, Inc.
ARTICLE II - DESCRIPTION The Association shall be a nonprofit, nonpartisan incorporated organization.
ARTICLE III - PURPOSE The purpose of the Association shall be to protect and preserve Sebec Lake.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS The officers of the Association shall be president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Directors shall include officers of the Association and at least nine and not more than thirteen additional members.
ARTICLE V - ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS There shall be a nomination committee of three directors appointed by the board of directors prior to the annual meeting who shall nominate at the annual meeting officers and directors for the ensuing year. Nominations may also be made from the floor. Before a candidate shall be voted upon by the members at the annual meeting, his or her consent to hold office, if elected, shall be obtained. A majority of those present shall elect. The officers and directors shall be elected for a term of one year and shall begin their terms following the annual meeting. Husband and wife and family members shall be allowed to serve concurrently as directors. All major areas of the lake (Dover-Foxcroft, Sebec, Willimantic, Bowerbank) shall be represented on the board provided director candidates willing to serve are available.
ARTICLE VI - DIRECTORS The directors shall supervise and manage the affairs of the Association. They may fill vacancies in their own board. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum. Directors must be current members of the Association. Directors missing three consecutive Board meetings may be removed as a Director by a majority vote of the Board. Board business may be conducted via electronic media.
ARTICLE VII - PRESIDENT The president shall preside at all meeting of the members, when present, and perform such other duties as may be required.
ARTICLE VIII - VICE PRESIDENT The vice president shall assume the duties of the president when so delegated by the president and succeed to the office of the president in the event of the president's death or resignation. The vice president shall preside at all meetings of the members and directors in the absence of the president and shall perform such other duties as may be required.
ARTICLE IX - TREASURER The treasurer shall have the custody of, and keep an accurate account of the Association's funds; submit a financial report at the annual meeting; and perform such other duties as may be required. The treasurer's reports and financial statements will be periodically audited as directed by the Board. The treasurer and president have the authority to sign checks with the authority of the board of directors.
ARTICLE X - SECRETARY The secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings of members and directors, and shall give adequate advance notice to each and all interested parties.
ARTICLE XI - MEMBERS Anyone eighteen years or older can be a member of the Association upon payment of dues. All members shall have the same privileges regarding voting and holding office. Proxy voting by members or directors is not permitted. A business or organization can be a member of the Association but will have only one vote.
ARTICLE XII - DUES Any change in the annual dues for members will be proposed by the board or directors and voted upon at the next annual meeting.
ARTICLE XIII - ANNUAL MEETING There shall be an annual meeting of the members of the Association during the summer season at some convenient place in the vicinity of Sebec Lake, the date and place to be determined by the directors, such meeting to be held to elect officers and directors, and to consider any other business. Any business relating to the affairs of the Association may be acted on at the annual meeting without specifying the same in the prior notice to members, except that no change in the bylaws shall be voted on at the annual meeting unless such change was described in the prior notice. The members present at the annual meeting shall constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE XIV - SPECIAL MEETING The secretary shall call a special meeting of the Association when so directed by vote of the directors and give adequate advance notice of such meeting.
ARTICLE XV - BYLAWS These bylaws may be changed only at an annual meeting of members by a three-quarter vote of those voting. No change shall be made unless the meeting notice described the proposed change.
ARTICLE XVI - COMMITTEES Standing committees may be appointed by the president with the approval of the board of directors and shall continue their function until discontinued by the directors. The president shall appoint committee membership and designate the chairperson. The appointments shall be until the next annual meeting unless discontinued earlier. Special Committees may be appointed by the president who will designate the chairperson
Revised July 8, 2017
Annual Meeting 2017
SEBEC LAKE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
July 08, 2017
Twenty-eight members of the Sebec Lake Association met in the Mayo Hospital Piscataquis Room on July 8, 2017. President Brian Woodworth called the meeting to order at 9:35 a.m., welcomed members to the annual meeting and had the Board members introduce themselves. The 2016 Annual meeting minutes were read by attendees. The minutes were approved as presented.
The Treasurer's Report was distributed to attendees and presented by Treasurer Jennifer Stewart. The report was accepted as presented.
Old Business: IPP: Brian Krause reported on the Invasive Plant Patrol project. Foxcroft Academy has approved a program for FA students to work on the IPP and receive science course credit. There are currently 6 students in the program which will start soon. The plan is to investigate Newell and Seymour Coves, the State Park, from Packard's south to Buck's Cove and the Sebec Dam area over the summer. Brian will also contact VLMP about conducting an Invasive Plant class next spring.
Bylaws revision: The revised bylaws were distributed to attendees; a vote to accept the revised bylaws passed unanimously.
Lewis (Tink) Shepardson questioned the lake fluctuation this season.
Maurice discussed the current Ampersand Dam Agreement: 1. Tim Obrey (IFW Biologist) monitors the salmon spawn in the fall and the level is kept up until he reports the end of the spawning event; 2. the Dam owners want to make money, but are also very concerned about keeping levels to the requires 322.8 feet above sea level from Memorial Day until 2 weeks after Labor Day; 3. Natural fluctuation during the summer is due to the amount of rain, which gets to the lake faster and in larger quantities due to clear cutting; the watershed for the lake is 320 sq. miles; 4. Ampersand is prohibited from flooding Milo, i.e. cannot send too much water down the river to impact Milo's capabilities to handle it all.
Tom Gerrish wondered if the wood companies are required to replant after cutting. This would be regulated by the Maine Forest Service.
Cindy Woodworth announced that 2017 Newsletters are available; they are also posted on the SLA website.
New Business: Election of Officers and Board of Directors. The Board presented a slate of Officers and Board of Directors. Peter Chase and Gary Soucy have resigned from the Board. The following slate of Officers and Board of Directors was elected unanimously:
Budget Items. The following Budget items were approved unanimously: Website: Up to $500 for Hosting fees ($300) and maintenance ($200), up to $1500 to upgrade website Water quality testing: up to $100 VLMP Donation: $500 Fireworks Donation for 2018: $500
Other. Sue Stitham inquired as to the impact of fireworks on the lake quality; Brian stated that the company that does the Homecoming fireworks have assured him that technology has changed over the years and that the cartridges are retained on the barge after firing and most of the ash is blown away before it gets to the lake. There is no knowing, however, about the fireworks set off by camp owners around the lake.
Brian reported upcoming community events. The photo slide show going on during the meeting was provided by Tom Gerrish, with both old and new photos being displayed.
Speakers. Tim Thurston, Navigational Aids Supervisor talked about his job responsibilities to maintain the markers on 40 Maine lakes, the history of markers on Sebec Lake, including the SLA responsibility to place markers in the early 70ï¿½s, and the meaning of each marker. He asked those on the lake to report problems; each marker has tracking information in a state database as well as Tim's phone number which will help him identify problem/missing markers. Monitoring includes fixing/replacing chains, etc., moving markers to where needed. Several questions from the floor were answered related to specifics of the marker placement/repair. To the question of placing lights on markers, Tim stated that lights must be flashing (an annoyance to nearby camps at night). For more information, go to Maine.gov and search Navigational aids. Information is also available on Google Earth for all lakes with markers; this information can be downloaded to GPS units. Jeremy Kemp, Dover Game Warden spoke of the Hooked on Fishing, not Drugs talk he gives to 4th graders about the importance of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), stressing the importance of correct sizing, making sure the device floats keeping the face up out of the water, and having enough devices for all on the boat. He discussed requirements for boating/recreational floating devices safety equipment, registration, the importance of having owner information written in kayaks, canoes, PWCs, etc. so that an owner can be contacted/located if one is found floating free. Maine Boating regulations can be found at Maine.gov. Jeremy showed slides of his dive to the Marion, the steamboat scuttled in Bucks Cove. Brian thanked the attendees, the speakers and SLA Board and adjourned the meeting at 11:45 a.m.
Janet Hall, Recording Secretary
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The Maine Shoreland Zoning Act was enacted in 1971 and has had many revisions since then. Note that more restrictive local zoning laws can be enacted by municipalities. Check with your local town office for specifics for that town.
In a nutshell: current state regulations require 200’ of shore frontage, with that minimum extending to the 100’ setback. Lot size must be a minimum of 40,000 square feet. Within the 100’ setback buffer, no more than 40% of the total volume of trees over 4 inches in diameter may be harvested in any 10 year period. Vegetation less than 3 feet in height, including ground cover, cannot be removed. Pruning the lower 1/3 of tree branches within the buffer is permitted.
This law focuses upon areas near great ponds, rivers and larger streams, coastal areas, and wetlands. The "Shoreland Zoning" law helps to prevent and control water pollution; to protect fish spawning grounds, bird and wildlife habitat; to protect buildings and lands from flooding and accelerated erosion; to protect archeological and historic resources; to protect commercial fishing and maritime industries; to protect freshwater and coastal wetlands; to control building sites, placement of structures and land uses; to conserve shore cover, and visual as well as actual points of access to inland and coastal waters; to conserve natural beauty and open space; and to anticipate and respond to the impacts of development in shoreland areas.
The Shoreland Zoning law requires that municipalities protect shoreland areas through adopting shoreland zoning maps and ordinances. Zoning ordinances provide for what types of activities can occur in certain areas. For example, they address building size and setbacks, and the establishment of resource protection, general development, residential, and other zones. Shoreland areas include areas within 250 feet of the normal high-water line of any great pond, river or saltwater body, areas within 250 feet of the upland edge of a coastal wetland, areas within 250 feet of the upland edge of a freshwater wetland except in certain situations, and areas within 75 feet of the high-water line of a stream.
The law is primarily administered through each municipality, and the local code enforcement officer is usually the first point of contact on shoreland zoning issues. The MDEP also has a Shoreland Zoning Unit.
Currently, the dues money goes to:
Lake quality testing; Newsletter printing and mailing; Support for the D-F Homecoming Fireworks display; Support for VLMP programs (Maine's Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program); and Website development and maintenance.
You can help us decide how to use your money when you become a member and attend the annual meeting.
There are public access boat launches in Dover-Foxcroft at Greeley's Landing, Sebec Village on Cove Road and Bowerbank on Landing Road. Please note that all boats, motors and trailers must be clean of plant materials before launching to avoid introducing invasive plant materials into Sebec Lake.
Dues are due July first for the fiscal year.
The single most serious and imminent threat to Sebec Lake is invasive plants, such as Eurasian Milfoil, Hydrilla and others. We believe Sebec is currently free from invasives. With Milfoil now reported in nearby Belgrade Lake, keeping Sebec Lake free from infestation will take involvement by all of us who enjoy the lake. We encourage you to view this VLMP video and consider volunteering for the Sebec Invasive Plan Patrol team.
Since the summer of 2015, the team has been progressively mapping the vegetation ("littoral") zone of the lake shore, making good progress each summer, and finding no invasive species so far. Mapping the lake is a huge task, and volunteers are welcome, training is provided.
A Rapid Response Team, formed to respond to potential threats reported by camp owners, has visited several locations where camp owners were concerned about vegetation growing in the lake. If you are interested in joining this team, please contact Director Rudy Davis.
Long before white settlers make their appearance at the lake, it was certainly inhabited by Indians as shown by the great number of arrowheads and stone implements found along the shore. Their name for the lake was Sebecco. In the 1850s folks from the towns of Dover and Foxcroft could take a stagecoach to the Landing. Starting in 1860 there were boats offering rides on the lake. In the middle 1800s and through to the mid-1900s, there were many sawmills and log drives on the lake. In the early 1900s, cottages (known in the area as ‘camps’) were being built on the lake. In 1964, Dover-Foxcroft lawyer Francis Peaks, presented an 800 acre tract of land at the lake to the state to become Maine’s 18th state park, to be named Peaks-Kenny. It is tucked back in a large cove (South Cove), a short distance from Greeley’s Landing. How has Sebec Lake grown over the years? The first listed number of cottages at the lake was 40 before the turn of the century. Now there are over 900 residences, both seasonal and year-round.
Sebec Lake is located in central Maine, in Piscataquis County at latitude 45, longitude -69. It is about 11 miles long and about 2 miles wide at its widest point, about 6800 acres. The average water depth is 42 feet, and 155 feet at its maximum. The direct watershed area is 160 square miles (about 20 rivers and streams), with the indirect watershed being 327 square miles. The only outlet is the Sebec River; outflow is controlled by a dam used to generate hydroelectric power. Sebec Lake has four towns that border its shoreline: Dover-Foxcroft, Sebec, Bowerbank and Willimantic. Large portions of the shore line are uninhabited. There are three public boat launches around the lake: Dover-Foxcroft (Greeley’s Landing), Sebec Village (Cove Road), and Bowerbank (Landing Road). The open water fishing season begins at ice-out, usually in early May, and continues until September 30. It is then illegal to fish for any species until January 1, after freeze-up.
The water quality of Sebec Lake is above average for lakes in Maine, according to the Maine DEP. A constant concern is to keep invasive species out of the lake. These are introduced by boats which are brought to the lake with remnants of the invasive plants (e. g. milfoil, hydrilla) somewhere on the boat, motor or trailer. It is important to inspect and clean boats, trailers, PWC, tubes, water shoes or any devices which have been in other bodies of water prior to launching them on the lake.Water Levels Water Clarity Phosphorus Tests
Change in Ownership at Sebec Dam
On November 30, 2007 the assets of Sebec Electric Limited Partnership were sold to: Ampersand Sebec Lake Hydro LLC c/o Ampersand Energy Partners LLC 717 Atlantic Avenue, Ste 1A Boston, MA 02111.
Prior to that date the former owners engaged the Swift River Hydro Operations to carry out the most extensive overhaul of the dam facility in the past 25-years. The turbines were overhauled and the gates were repaired essentially rebuilding them with new steel rollers, cleaning corrosion from the gate guides, strengthening corroded areas where the rollers were attached, installing new seals along the bottom of each gate and J-seals along the sides of the gates. A number of concrete areas within the flumes where spalling had started due to submersion of the flume over the last 25 years were repaired. Additionally, all the cracks on the dam and its concrete apron were sealed, and divers worked on numerous small leaks found on the up-stream side of the timber crib dam.
Once the units were made operational again the PLC system was activated for controlling the lake level using the lake level control system. The work took over six weeks to complete.
Following is the Maine Board of Environmental Protection approved Small Hydroelectric Generating Facilities Permit and Water Quality Certification for the Sebec Dam for the purpose of generating hydroelectric power:
A. Except as temporarily modified by (1) approved maintenance activities, (2) extreme hydrologic conditions as defined below, (3) emergency electrical system conditions as defined below, or (4) agreement between the applicant, appropriate state and/or federal agencies, and the Sebec Lake Association, and commencing October 1, 2005 the project shall be operated in a run-of-the river mode, with outflow approximately equal to the inflow on an instantaneous basis except during flashboard failure or replacement, and with Sebec Lake levels maintained within six inches of full pond elevation (that is between elevations 322.8 and 322.3 feet) when flashboards are in place and within three inches of spillway crest elevation (that is, between elevations 321.3 and 321.0 feet) when flashboards are not in place.
B. “Extreme Hydrologic Conditions” means the occurrence of events beyond the applicant’s control, such as, but not limited to, abnormal precipitation, extreme runoff, flood conditions, ice conditions or other hydrologic conditions such as the operational restrictions and requirements contained herein are impossible to achieve or are inconsistent with safe operation of the project.
C. “Emergency Electrical System Conditions” means operating emergencies beyond applicant’s control which require changes in flow regimes to eliminate such emergencies which may in some circumstances include but are not limited to equipment failure or other abnormal temporary operating condition, generating unit operation or third party mandated interruptions under power supply emergencies; and orders from local, state, or federal law enforcement or public safety authorities.
D. Notwithstanding Part A of this condition, the lake level shall whenever possible be drawn down in late winter to help reduce seasonal flooding, with a target lake level of 317.8 feet on or before March 31st, and a minimum flow of 40 cfs, as established in Condition 3 of this permit, shall be maintained at all times. A three-member Sebec Dam Liaison Committee of the Sebec Lake Association has been formed to establish an ongoing dialog with new owners of the dam. RBH (5/12/2008)
Lake level specifications of Operating Permit at Sebec Lake Following has been taken from the MEDEP August 17, 2005 action to reflect a change in operation of the project (Sebec Hydro, FERC No. 7253) from its present store-and-release operating mode to a run-if-the-river mode.
1. Original Approval. By order #49-8594-21180 dated July 13, 1983 the Board of Environmental Protection approved a Small Hydroelectric Generating Facilities permit and Water Quality Certification for the proposed redevelopment of the existing Sebec Dam for the purpose of generating hydroelectric power.
To address local concerns regarding long-term protection of fish and wildlife habitat and public uses the Board attached several conditions to its approval requiring that specified water levels be maintained in Sebec Lake as follows:
Condition 1: Except as irreconcilably limited by inflows to the impoundment, temporary abnormal operating conditions, by unit operation or interruption under power supply emergencies, or by order of state, local or federal authorities, where all such conditions are beyond the applicant’s control, and commencing with project construction, water levels in the impoundment shall be maintained annually: a) between 322.8 and 322.3 feet from Memorial Day to the Monday after Labor Day b) between 322.8 and 319.0 feet from Monday after Labor Day to September 30th c) between 322.8 and 317.2 feet from October 1st to the following Memorial Day. d) except that the water levels may be drawn below 310 feet during the period from the Monday after Labor day to September 10th during the construction season.
Condition 2: Water levels between October 15th and May 1st of the following year are maintained at elevations no lower than the water level achieved on October 15th.
Condition 3: An instantaneous minimum flow of 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) be maintained from the project at all times. 2. First Modification. In 1993 the ME Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife notified the project owner and the DEP results of a 5-year study that was conducted at Sebec Lake. Based on this study and in consultation with other interested parties, the DEP determined that holding the lake at or above elevation 322.0 feet until October 15 would benefit salmon spawning while not adversely affecting other uses of the lake.
Based on DEP’s determination, by order #L-8594-35-G-M dated July 19, 1995 the Board deleted Condition 2 and modified Condition 1 of its original approval to read as follows:
Condition 1 (revised): A. Except as temporarily modified by inflows to the project area, or by operating emergencies beyond Sebec Hydro’s control, as defined below, water levels in Sebec Lake shall be maintained annually as follows: between 322.8 and 322.3 feet Memorial Day to Monday after Labor Day between 322.8 and 322.0 feet Monday after Labor Day to October 15th* between 322.8 and 317.2 feet October 15th to following Memorial Day. * Sebec Hydro retains the authority to begin the fall drawdown before October 15th if deemed prudent in response to predicted storm events. B. Operating emergencies beyond Sebec Hydro’s control include, but may not be limited to, equipment or flashboard failure or other temporary abnormal operation condition, generating unit operation or interruption under power supply emergencies, and orders from local, state or federal law enforcement or public safety officials.
Condition 2 (eliminated): Condition 3 (as before): An instantaneous minimum flow of 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) be maintained from the project at all times. 3. Second Modification In January, 2006 the project owner, Sebec Hydro Limited Partnership, proposed to modify the operation of the approved project from its present store-and-release mode, in which lake levels are periodically drawn down to take advantage of the runoff from seasonal precipitation and snow-melt, to a run-of-river mode, in which the project would be operated on an outflow equals inflow basis and lake levels would remain stable except when a drawdown is needed to control flooding or due to operating emergencies. The DEP determined that the proposed change should “reduce the environmental impacts of fluctuating lake levels while enhancing the economic viability of the project”.
Accordingly, by Department Order #L-8594-35-H-M, dated August 17, 2005, Condition 1 of Board Order #49-8594-21180 dated July 13, 1983, as previously modified by Board Order #L-8594-35-G-M dated July 19, 1995, was further modified to read as follows:
Condition 1 (as remodified): A. Except as temporarily modified by (1) approved maintenance activities, (2) extreme hydrologic conditions as defined below, (3) emergency electrical system conditions as defined below, or (4) agreement between the applicant, appropriate state and/or federal agencies, and the Sebec Lake Association, and commencing October 1, 2005 the project shall be operated in a run-of-the river mode, with outflow approximately equal to the inflow on an instantaneous basis except during flashboard failure or replacement, and with Sebec Lake levels maintained within six inches of full pond elevation (that is between elevations 322.8 and 322.3 feet) when flashboards are in place and within three inches of spillway crest elevation (that is, between elevations 321.3 and 321.0 feet) when flashboards are not in place. B. “Extreme Hydrologic Conditions” means the occurrence of events beyond the applicant’s control, such as, but not limited to, abnormal precipitation, extreme runoff, flood conditions, ice conditions or other hydrologic conditions such as the operational restrictions and requirements contained herein are impossible to achieve or are inconsistent with safe operation of the project. C. “Emergency Electrical System Conditions” means operating emergencies beyond applicant’s control which require changes in flow regimes to eliminate such emergencies which may in some circumstances include but are not limited to equipment failure or other abnormal temporary operating condition, generating unit operation or third party mandated interruptions under power supply emergencies; and orders from local, state, or federal law enforcement or public safety authorities. D. Notwithstanding Part A of this condition, the lake level shall whenever possible be drawn down in late winter to help reduce seasonal flooding, with a target lake level of 317.8 feet on or before March 31st, and a minimum flow of 40 cfs, as established in Condition 3 of this permit, shall be maintained at all times.
Condition 2 (already eliminated) Condition 3 (contained now within Condition 1 – in Part D) RBH, 10/8/2007
The water quality of Sebec Lake is above average for lakes in Maine, according to the Maine DEP. A constant concern is to keep invasive species out of the lake. These are introduced by boats which are brought to the lake with remnants of the invasive plants (e.g. milfoil, hydrilla) somewhere on the boat, motor or trailer. It is important to inspect and clean boats, trailers, and other water 'toys' which have been in other bodies of water prior to launching them on the lake. Should you find any plant that you suspect to be an invasive plant you should take a sample in a plastic bag with some water and contact Bob Hall and get the sample to him to verify.
Invasive Plant Patrol Initiative
The SLA concerns about Invasive species invading our precious lake are growing and we are now forming a plan to be proactive in our approach.
At the top of the list of this threat are invasive plants, such as Eurasian Milfoil and Hydrilla. These two species of invasive plant, which can effectively take over and kill the lake, are now just a two hour drive away from Sebec. They are present in the Belgrade lakes, and continue their migration northward and eastward from other infestations. How does this happen? Fragments of these invaders arrive on boats, trailers, PWCs, canoes, kayaks, waders, skis, tubes and yes, even kids' toys. Belgrade Lakes is believed to have been infested by Duck decoys. Fragments survive even the harsh extremes of winter, and can remain dormant for many months, both in the water and on land. It takes vigilance and a commitment from Camp owners to keep them at bay. It means a monitoring team needs to be formed, not just to patrol the areas of highest infestation risk, e.g. launches and marinas, but to respond to any Camp owner who suspects they may have one of these plants growing at their lakefront.
SLA, as many of you know, has been the tip of the spear in protecting Sebec Lake from a variety of threats over the years. We've depended on the volunteerism and membership support to perform this function. And now we need your help as much as ever.
SLA has formulated plans to create an Invasive Plant Patrol team. The team will perform several key functions:
1. Survey the lake shore zones, creating a map of what is currently growing where. Initiated in 2015, the survey has progessively been working the shore zone, with high risk areas such as the marinas, boat launches and strem inlets a top priority. The IPP goal is to complete the entire shoreline in the next 3 to 5 years.
2. The IPP team, working in conjunction with the State and local governments, will design and place additional educational signage about invasive species at all launches and marinas. Education is our best preventive measure.
3.The IPP team will be trained in rapid response to any report of potential invasive plant, so that we can safely and effectively trap it and send it off for official analysis without risking further spreading.
The creation and activation of this team is no easy task, and it needs your help. How??
First and foremost, volunteer to be on the IPP team. If you'd like to volunteer, contact SLA President Brian Woodworth at 207-217-0962 or Board member Rudy Davis at 978-204-6799.
Second, volunteer your kayak or canoe to the effort.
Third, make a dedicated financial contribution to the effort. The team will need equipment: logs, view scopes, maps, specialized rakes and other things of this nature.
Finally, become educated about this threat, and make sure the toys you put in the water, or that any visitors may put in the water, are appropriately washed and cleaned prior to going in.
The SLA believes it is critical not to underestimate the threat these invasive species pose to our Lake. If you'd like to see what an infestation looks like, please refer to the WLMP site.
So, please consider getting involved.
Sebec Lake has several native fish species, including landlocked salmon, lake trout, brook trout, sunfish, American eel, brown bullhead, and white sucker. With planned removal of dams and creation of fish ladders, the Penobscot River Project could allow invasive species to enter Sebec. LD134, prohibiting fish ladders on the Sebec River at Milo and Sebec was signed into law in 2011. The potential for introduction of non-native species by irresponsible individuals still exists. Sebec Lake Association Directors are involved in committees with the goal of reducing that possibility.
Northern Pike, illegally introduced into the Belgrade Chain of Lakes in the 1970's, are now present in at least 16 lakes in the Kennebec, Androscoggin, and coastal river drainages. They are suspected to occur in several additional waters. These newest populations have been derived from illegal transport or by out-migration from lakes were they have become established. Pike are voracious predators on other fishes, and their presence in one lake is suspected of destroying one of the state's premier landlocked salmon populations.
There have been reports of pike being caught in Sebec. Tim Obrey, Maine Inland Fisheries&Wildlife Biologist, says "there have had reports like this in the past, but they always have turned out to be pickerel. There are some big pickerel in the lake and it's easy to confuse the two species." See Identifying the Pike Family or Pike vs. Pickerel for information on differentiating between pickerel and pike.
Unauthorized introductions of invasive, exotic fish species are particularly destructive to Maine's native brook trout populations, but they may also cause irreversible changes to entire aquatic ecosystems by restructuring plankton and forage fish communities that have evolved since the last glacial retreat. Moreover, strategies to eliminate or control invasive fish are difficult to design and implement, costly, and almost entirely ineffective.
Illegally stocking fish is a crime and often irreversible, especially in a lake the size of Sebec. The illegal introduction of any fish into any Maine water is a Class E crime, punishable by fines up to $10,000! The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is offering a minimum reward of $2,000 for information leading to the apprehension of persons responsible for the illegal introduction of fish.
Call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-253-7887. For more information, see Illegal Fish Stocking in Maine.
If you think you have caught an invasive species, contact Bob Hall with clear photos of the fish.
In Fall 2012, Tim Obrey, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist, called together a group of individuals with an interest in maintaining Sebec Lake's unique qualities to create a plan for managing this precious resource. In addition to Tim, the Sebec Lake Stakeholders Group includes Brian Woodworth, Jerry Colbry, Jerry Packard, Jim Drinkwater, Ben Devers, Norm Hill, Peter Chase, and John Tatko. After much work and discussion, the Plan has been finalized:
At the 2015 Annual Meeting, Tim Obrey talked about the IFW project to monitor salmon attempting to jump Earley's Falls to spawn in the river above the falls. This included specially made equipment to trap the salmon both before and after jumping the falls, as well as monitoring the feed stock necessary for the salmon fry to mature.
Sebec Lake has a long history of the hazards being marked dating back as far as 1901 when the Maine State legislature appropriated $250 to be used by the steamboat inspectors to place buoys 'at such points in Sebec Lake as will best serve the needs of navigation thereon.' Little is known about the early marking of hazards in the lake or where specific buoys were placed but it is interesting to note that this effort took place on Sebec at such an early time in the State history.
After its formation in 1971, the Lake Association began investigating the possibility of placing and maintaining hazard markers around the lake in places where boating hazards had been identified by the camp owners on the lake. However, it took until 1975 for markers to actually be installed at the locations identified by camp owners and staff from the Department of Conservation. The buoys were placed and maintained by the Sebec Lake Association from 1975 until 1988, when it was deemed that the potential liability to the Lake Association was considerable, and the Maine Department of Conservation took over the responsibility of placing the markers, which continues today. The four person Navigational Aids Program, headed by Tim Thurston, Navigation Aids Supervisor is part of the newly merged Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, Boating Facilities Division. The Nav Aids Program currently places and maintains more than 2,400 buoys on 40 lakes located all over Maine to assist watercraft operators in avoiding hazards to navigation during the summer season.
The criteria utilized by the DOACF for placing a marker include:
1. The hazard is located beyond the 200' Water Safety Zone from the shore towards the middle of the lake; typically hazards within the Water Safety Zone are not marked except for channels or when hazards are determined to be in high traffic areas.
2. The hazard is covered by less than 4' of water at expected low water during the boating season. For Sebec, the boating season is considered to be from ice-out to mid-October and 'low water' is considered to be 3 feet below the target level of 322 feet (above sea level).
Each marker has its location identified by GPS coordinates and has a contact phone number on it to report problems. Since different markings (coloration configuration) have different meanings, it is important that boaters become familiar with the meaning of each type of marker. It is suggested that a copy of the pictorial guide to buoy markings be printed out to carry on the boat until such time as you are familiar with the various markings.
During summer 2013, the department reviewed all markers placed on Sebec Lake, adding additional markers as necessary and removing those which no longer meet the criteria above.
If you have downloaded Google Earth program to your computer, the Nav Aids staff has put together a Google Earth application displaying all markers for which they are responsible, including Sebec Lake. It is even possible to download the coordinates to the buoys and transfer them to your personal GPS for use on the water.
If you have a question about a missing or moved marker, or a suggestion for placing a new marker, contact one of the Sebec Lake Association Board members by email (see the Contact Us at the top of each page). It will be helpful if you have specific location information identifying landmarks, nearby roads or, even better, GPS coordinates. The Board member will then contact the Boating Facilities Division and provide them with a list of potential hazards to be considered for future marking.
The State of Maine buoy page will work much better if you have Google Earth installed on your PC as opposed to it being run through a browser like Internet Explorer or Chrome. If you don't have it installed yet, please do so here ; it's free. It must be installed in order to view the Maine buoy maps.
Once Google Earth has installed, go to Maine Inland Navigational Aids and select "Launch our Google Earth Navigational Aid map". When it asks what you want to do with the buoy file, choose download to my PC and put the file somewhere you can find it; the icon (white circle, gray waves, with 'Pro' at the bottom of the circle) should appear on your desktop. Double click the buoy file you just downloaded and Google Earth should open automatically with the State of Maine map.
The sidebar on the left hand side allows you to select Sebec Lake (under 'Buoys by Lake'), you may also want to deselect 'Disclaimer' (to give you more room to see the lake). You can also open/close the sidebar by clicking on 'View'. Navigate using the standard zoom/directional buttons on the right side.
If you click on the image below and open in a new window or tab, it will allow you to read the details more clearly.
Thanks to all of our sponsors who help offset the cost of maintaining this site for all lake residents and visitors. Please visit their businesses and let them know you appreciate their help.
191 and 192 E. Main St
Dover Foxcroft ME 04426
207-564-3434 Email Website
Rowell's Garage has been providing school busing to SAD 68, quality vehicles, and vehicle servicing to the Piscataquis County area since 1946. And now, we have a state of the art automatic drive through car wash to offer area residents.
45 Peaks-Kenny State Park Rd
Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426
207-564-2165 Email Website
Marine Sales & Service, Parts & Accessories including Boat and Dock sales and rentals
Park Grocery, Deli, Camping Supplies, Campfire wood, Sebec Lake apparel,Fishing/Hunting Licenses/Milfoil stickers
Greeley's Landing Motor Co: Quality Used Cars, Maine Inspection Station, Auto & Motorcycle, 23 Hour Towing
Merrill Propane: Cylinder & Bulk LP Gas Sales & Service
The Bear's House Museum: a unique collection of Sebec Lake History; open Thurs,Fri,Sat 1pm-5pm during Summer months
This comprehensive site includes photos to identify invasive aquatic plants as well as state maps indicating which water bodies are currently infested and what type of invasive plant has been found.
Brian Krause, a science teacher at our local high school (Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft) and now a director of the SLA, worked with SLA VP Rudy Davis to get the IPP (invasive plant patrol) mapping project started in 2015. This year, his crew for the project were FA students who received science credit for their work mapping the lake shoreline, recording existing native plants in each area along the shore, and looked for any invasive plants; no invasives were found.
We meet on Tuesday mornings in the student lounge of Foxcroft Academy West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft - 6:15 AM Evening meetings held on the last Tuesday of the month - 6:00 PM
The Mission of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health.
Produced by the Center Theatre, The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival is the sweetest day in the state of Maine! Recognized in 2011 as the Maine State Treat, the Whoopie Pie has always held a place of honor in the stores of Maine and the hearts of Mainers everywhere. The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival was founded in 2008 by the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft as a celebration of the uniquely Maine dessert. The festival has grown from a small local event drawing several hundred people to a massive celebration drawing people from all corners of the state, country and even the world. Each year, several thousand people descend on Dover-Foxcroft to sample whoopie pies from dozens of bakers around the state.
For all of those who have had the privilege to spend time at Sebec Lake, share pictures, memories and stories.
The Three Rivers Community is a group of towns in the Maine Highlands with a total population of about 6,000.
The Three Rivers Community is a group of towns in central Maine including Atkinson, Bowerbank, Brownville, LaGrange, Lake View, Medford, Milo, and Sebec, with a total population of about 5,000 people. Its goal is to link our communities, businesses, schools, and organizations together for better social and economic benefits.
The Tim's Cove Property Owners association is comprised of camp and cabin owners along the shores of Tim's Cove on Sebec Lake. We work together to maintain the roads to our properties, keep each other informed of various issues that affect our properties on Sebec Lake, and work with the Town of Willimantic on areas of joint concern.
Town assessment and tax data is in the public domain and is displayed here as a public service. An individual property owner may opt out and be excluded. Since different municipalities make changes to this data at different times of the year, tax and assessment amounts are not guaranteed to be accurate.