Water System Management & Finance

When people think of groups in charge of protecting clean water, most think of water utilities. But land trusts, municipalities, lake associations, fire departments, schools, and other entities also have an interest in a clean water supply for their communities. For example, conserving forests around a water source is key to ensuring clean drinking water, and land trusts already work to conserve land as part of their mission. The mission of lake associations is to preserve and protect water quality, recreation opportunities, and scenic areas for the public. Other entities have similar missions, and while each group has a set of abilities and activities they carry out as part of their work, the key area of overlap is to protect and ensure clean water.

More often than not, these groups work independently of each other and as such, may not accomplish as much water protection work as they could if they worked collaboratively.


New England EFC and our partners at the Maine Drinking Water Program are hosting free workshops throughout Maine to spark and nurture collaborative relationships to protect and preserve drinking water sources. If you would like to have a workshop in your community, please contact us at efc@maine.edu.