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Laura grew up in Hampden, Maine, and was fortunate to be able to spend weekends/summers at the family camp on Branch Pond (also known as Branch Lake) in Ellsworth. Her love of lakes led to her earning a B.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of New Hampshire, and an M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Water Resources) at the University of Maine, where she studied stormwater runoff effects and treatment.
For many years, she worked as a Water Quality Assistant Scientist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. In that position she helped many lake associations, well owners, and municipalities develop strategies to protect Maine’s water resources. She delivered Cooperative Extension’s Watershed Stewards Program, developed a targeted outreach planning training for lake associations, and developed and helped manage municipal stormwater outreach and education programs.
After leaving that position, she has remained connected to water protection by volunteering, assisting in watershed surveys, and remaining an Invasive Plant Patroller. She also still serves on Maine's Interagency Task Force on Invasive Aquatic Plants and Nuisance Species. Laura moved back to Hampden to raise her family, and to spend as much time at the family camp as possible.