Paul Leeper will speak about how and why to monitor the water quality of the Megunticook watershed at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at noon.

Leeper’s presentation will articulate why monitoring the water quality of the Megunticook watershed is important. With increasing development around the Megunticook River, Megunticook Lake, and Norton Pond, the clear and clean water is at risk of becoming cloudy, murky, and losing its environmental value. Leeper will explain how water quality is related to the health of fish and wildlife, outdoor recreation, and characteristics treasured in Maine waters and how ordinary citizens can protect it.

Leeper is executive director of the Megunticook Watershed Association. He has been a consulting biologist in Maine for more than 30 years working on streams, lakes and wetlands throughout Maine.

This lecture is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by The First. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

For more information on this program contact Merryspring 207-236-2239 or