In Maine, the Clear Water Carbon Fund is planting trees in 3 watersheds- Sebago Lake, China Lake, and Androscoggin River. Sebago Lake supplies drinking water to 200,000 customers in 11 Maine communities, including Portland. The Sebago Lake watershed contains some of the cleanest water of all watersheds in the Northeast, but is at highest risk due to development pressure facing privately owned forestland. Planting trees along tributaries to Sebago Lake can protect drinking water resources as well as fish, wildlife, and vast recreational opportunities. In 2012, Clear Water Carbon Fund planted over 500 trees in the Sebago Lake watershed.
Clear Water Carbon Fund is also planting trees in the China Lake and Androscoggin River watersheds in Maine. China Lake supplies drinking water for the Kennebec Water District which serves 22,500 customers in the central Maine towns of Waterville, Winslow, Fairfield, Vassalboro, Benton, and Oakland.
The Androscoggin River flows for nearly 170 miles, from the Maine/New Hampshire border to the Atlantic Ocean at Merrymeeting Bay. The Androscoggin River was once one of the most polluted rivers in the country but now boasts great fishing, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. Planting trees on stream banks can further improve the quality of the water in the Androscoggin River.
Western Foothills Land Trust and the Androscoggin River Watershed Council provides the critical grassroots support and connection to local landowners necessary for identifying landowners who are willing to commit to have trees planted and maintained on their land along streams and rivers.