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Sewall’s Director of Environmental Sciences is elected Board President of the Maine Congress of Lake Associations

At its annual meeting on June 21 at Colby College, the Maine Congress of Lake Associations (COLA) elected Steve Kahl, Sewall's Director of Environmental Sciences, as its next Board President.  COLA is Maine’s statewide lake education, stewardship and advocacy organization, including providing guidance to associations on organization and management of their road or lake association (

Kahl has been involved in research and policy on lakes for more than 30 years.  He is a former staffer in the Department of Environmental Protection Lakes Division, founding director of the UMaine Environmental Chemistry Laboratory and Senator George Mitchell Center, and founding director of the Center for the Environment in the University of New Hampshire System. 

His board service includes Friends of Acadia, founding director of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring program, President of the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association, and Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Lakes Association.  He was co-founder of PEARL, the on-line lake database that served searchable GIS maps starting in 1997 (now replaced by, and co-founder of the Maine Water Conference, now in its 18th year.

Steve’s lake and water quality experience includes appointment to the Great Pond Task Force by Governor McKernan, appointment as co-chair of the Council of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment by Governor King, northeast coordinator of the EPA acid rain lake monitoring program since 1983, and co-founder of the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Management Plan (  He is a former LURC commissioner and served as President of the National Institutes of Water Research in Washington DC. 




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