Friends of Wilson Lake has been named the 2018 Lake Association of the Year by the Maine Lakes Society, according to a news release from the association.

Jen Jespersen, president of Maine Lakes Society, said FOWL was chosen because, “FOWL stood out among the many highly successful lake associations across the state for the recent work they’ve completed to protect Wilson Lake. This includes conducting a watershed survey for three watersheds in Wilton, developing a Watershed Protection Plan, running a successful LakeSmart program, engaging the community in lake education activities, and obtaining a $70,000 federal grant to work with the town and landowners to reduce the amount of runoff getting into Wilson Lake. FOWL is a leader in lake protection, living up to their mission, and inspiring other lake associations across the state to be proactive in protecting our valuable freshwater resources,” according to the release.

The award included a painting by the Farmington artist Lucia Swallow. In recognition of the close relationship between FOWL and the Town of Wilton, the painting is displayed at the Wilton Town Office.

The organization has approximately 300 members and is dedicated to preserving the quality of Wilson Lake and its watershed. for more information, visit

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