Scott Williams

Maine’s lakes are renowned, and they are critical to our economy, drawing outdoor recreation enthusiasts and tourists throughout the year. We will discuss how lakes across Maine are faring — from water quality to invasive species and pollution — especially in the face of climate change. We’ll also hear from conservation groups on what is being done to keep Maine’s lakes healthy and vital.

Patty Wight/Maine Public

Recent reports of bacterial contamination in lakes caused in part by warm temperatures raise the question: What is the condition of the waters around us? We look at the water quality in our lakes, rivers and ocean, and how they measure up for human recreation and environmental health.