AUBURN, Maine — The Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission (LAWPC) has appointed Lynne Richard as their new watershed education and outreach manager.
Richard recently was the education coordinator for the Portland Water District, and prior to that was a middle school science teacher. She also is Maine’s state coordinator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers).
“We are excited to have Lynne on board,” explains John Storer, Auburn Water District superintendent. “She is well known in Maine for building an award-winning education program for the largest water district in the state. Her move to this area means that Lewiston and Auburn students will have the opportunity to enjoy learning how their water comes to them and what each of us can do to protect it into the future.”
Richard’s duties will include partnering with local schools and reaching out to area residents with information about their water.
“Water districts typically want to interact with students and residents but lack the know-how. My experience in both education and water gives me the ability to bridge the needs of the teachers with the goals of the utility,” Richard said. “I enjoy creating and delivering fun and effective lessons and I enjoy making information understandable — especially when it helps to protect Maine’s most precious natural resource; clean water.”
The LAWPC is charged with protecting Lake Auburn and its watershed for Maine’s second largest drinking water utility. The Auburn Water District is a quasi-municipal water utility providing public drinking water and fire protection services to the citizens of the city of Auburn.