SAVE OUR LAKES
...Forest Lake is at Risk!
An Infographic Book by Friends of Forest Lake
FMI Contact: Friends-Info@forestlakeme.org
SAVE OUR LAKES
...Forest Lake is at RISK...
VOICE YOUR CONCERNS
FOREST LAKE WATERSHED
Includes approximately 400 properties in the following towns Falmouth, Gray, Cumberland, and Windham. If you live in this watershed, you risk property devaluation of at least 30% and a contamination of well water.
Image Description: The red line is an outline for the 106 acres of land proposed for quarrying. It is less than 1000ft from a Forest Lake shore. This quarry is on top of an aquifer. (See next page).
THE PROPOSED QUARRY PLAN
Applicant states he will clearcut and mine between 81-106 acres of forested land to harvest rocks and minerals. This includes heavy construction traffic of up to 50 trucks per hour and blasting near homes as close as 750ft away. Applicant does not want to show plans for stormwater management nor clean-up management.
See link for application documents: https://windhamweb.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3458856&GUID=B81B8633-9B39-44C6-B16B-85819555FF9C&Options=&Search=
See link for video and transcript of 3/26/18 planning meeting: http://windhamweb.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=666&meta_id=65351
Aquifers are important water reserves. Blasting and mining can introduce contamination to the surface and ground water. This affect wells which people depend on for drinking water as well as bring harmful phosphorus to the lake in addition to the stormwater runoff that will carry phosphorus over land. The quarry is on a small hill above the lake. Come do a site visit. See next page to learn more about Phosphorus.
Image Description: (Left) A person has scooped up green phosphorus-induced algae bloom with their hands and it appears as thick as sea foam. (Right) A black and white sketch showing phosphorus is introduced to a body of water from soil and rock and fertilized garden runoff as well as input from a precipitation cycle through rain.
Phosphorus is one of the leading causes of water pollution. It creates 'Dead Zones' that make it hard for organisms to survive. Some lakes in Maine are severely damaged and the towns surrounding the lakes are paying as much as 1-million dollars to clean it up as an effort to reverse damages. Forest Lake is on the watch list as an endangered lake from overdevelopment. A quarry project is considered as an overdevelopment.
MORE ABOUT AQUIFERS AND WELLS
WHAT BLASTING DOES
talk about seismic activity
In today's device induced world, many parents are fostering exercise opportunities for their kids by making them walk to and from the bus stop, as well as giving older kids opportunities for being responsible. They walk on the same private road being used by the trucks.
The 14-Wheel Dump Truck weight between 19,500-33,000lbs. When filled with a load up to 20 tons, they now weight between 59,500-73,000lbs! Over the years, sedans have been stuck in the mud on Lakeside Dr.
THE BUS STOP
The Windham School bus comes to the Goosepond Rd stop where Lakeside Rd and Forest Lane meets Goosepond FIVE times a day to pick-up or drop-off children (including the late bus). It is the largest bus stop in Windham, 28 students load at 6:25am & 26 students load at 7:35am. Thats 54 students.
ROAD CONCERNS CONTINUED
Pedestrians are using the private road to walk, run, and ride bikes as well as use recreational vehicles nearly everyday, especially more so in the summer.
This dirt road is privately maintained by Road Associations. Come Spring, its mainly mud. Come Summer & Fall, its mainly potholes. Come Winter, its mainly ice. Regular sedans struggle as is. How would dump trucks, potentially up to the rate of 50 trucks per hour, impact this road?
In the proposal, there is a plan to pave the road up to their quarry access road, which incidentally ends on top of a hill. The pavement will increase stormwater runoff and introduce phosphorus to the lake at a faster rate.
(Left) This is the gated Quarry Access Road off of Lakeside. It is at the top of a hill right before the rotary which is downhill (Right). The lake is a few more feet ahead to the right.
PROGNOSIS OF OTHER LAKES
LITTLE DUCK POND
QUARRYING AND MAINTENANCE
MAINE'S QUARRY HEALTH & HISTORY
MISCALCULATIONS CREATE DAMAGES
1) To resident homes:
2) To bodies of water:
LIMITED REGULATIONS LEAD TO LACK OF SUPPORT