Volunteers Needed for Medomak Estuary Water Quality Monitoring
working with the Georges River Tidewater Association to expand water
quality monitoring across Muscongus Bay into the Medomak River
estuary. The success of the monitoring program depends on the
efforts of our volunteers. Becoming a volunteer is easy, requires no
special background, and anyone over the age of 16 can participate.
With funding from the Maine Coastal Program, GRTA provides
volunteers with training and equipment to sample water
quality at five
locations on the Medomak estuary. Volunteers visit their Medomak
sites once a month in April, May, June and October and twice a month
in July, August and September and gather vital data that serves as
indicators of the estuary’s health. To get involved, make new
friends and make a difference in your community, please contact
or 832-5570 or visit
DIY Network Donates Peters Pond Parcel
DIY Network, the go-to destination for home improvement television, is proud to announce the donation of 30 acres of wooded land to the Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) in Waldoboro, Maine. The donated parcel, which includes frontage on Peters Pond, is a portion of a 51-acre property purchased last year by DIY Network for the sixth season of its popular interactive home building series, Blog Cabin.
When asked why the cable network decided to donate more than half of its recently acquired land, Steven Lerner, DIY Network’s vice president of programming, said, “The farmhouse and its surrounding property had been with the same family for centuries. We wanted to preserve its incredible openness and beauty for future generations.”
The property, previously owned for generations by the Robie family, is a forested strip that stretches between Dutch Neck and Gross Neck Roads and abuts 18 acres that are protected with a conservation easement held by MVLT. Together, the properties protect close to 1,000 feet of frontage on Peters Pond, a 12-acre pond that is distinguished from others in the watershed because of its depth (60 feet), steep granite cliffs, high shoreline, and completely undeveloped watershed.
“We have been working with members of the community to find a way to protect it since the Robie property first came on the market in 2007,” said Liz Petruska, MVLT’s executive director. “When we heard about Blog Cabin, we contacted DIY Network to discuss potential conservation options. Thanks to their generosity, this important property will be permanently protected.”
“The Robie Farm is the last of the original land grants on Dutch Neck that has not been sub-divided or developed over the centuries,” said Eric Stark, a nearby Blog Cabin neighbor whose property is also conserved. “Its presence reminds us of what life used to look like in Maine. The relationship between the land, the people, the farms that sustained them, and the waters they harvested for fish, clams, oysters and lobsters is still visible on this property. It is very different than the relationship we have to these things today.”
Originally part of a working farm nestled along the scenic Medomak River, DIY Network and its all-star team of renovation experts are committed to preserving the character and surrounding property of this year’s Blog Cabin – which resides on the remaining 21 acres – by transforming the 1884 Cape style, four bedroom, 2.5-bath, 2,500 sq. ft. farmhouse into the ultimate vacation home. Construction on the previously-owned Robie farmhouse began this winter and continues through the spring with input every step of the way from online fans. In addition to voting online for the home’s unique renovation elements, viewers can enter for a chance to win it from Monday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 28. They can also view the renovation in its entirety during DIY Network’s sixth season of Blog Cabin, which premieres on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 9 p.m. ET.
DIY Network’s 2012 Blog Cabin is being built in cooperation with General Motors LLC, Lumber Liquidators, Inc., The Sherwin-Williams Company, Quicken Loans, James Hardie Building Products, Trex Company, Inc., GAF, GE Appliances, Kohler Co., Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. and Liberty Mutual Insurance.. For more information on DIY Network’s Blog Cabin, and to participate in a blog about the construction and to vote on design elements of the 2012 cabin, visit DIYNetwork.com/BlogCabin.