FRYEBURG WATER TRUSTEES 392 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037
CHAIR, Nels Liljedahl (2025)
Outreach Coordinator, NH Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Advisory Board NH Native Fish Coalition (NFC); Board Member: Fryeburg Conservation Committee (FCC); Founding Board Member Saco Headwaters Alliance.
CLERK, Nora Schwarz (2024)
Increasingly concerned about Fryeburg's bulk water extraction despite frequent dry spells and resulting drought conditions, Nora's primary focus is on increased communication with those in the District, whether they use the Fryeburg Water or not, towards assisting them in making educated decisions about our precious resource going forward. Informed with historical context and scientific facts as a Fryeburg Commissioner on the Saco River Corridor Commission and through her membership on the board of the Saco Headwater's Alliance, Nora is motivated to collaborate with them and others in stewardship of our community's water.
SECRETARY, Sonia Leone (2024)
Currently pursuing a degree at the University of Maine in Anthropology Driven Climate Studies, a major which bridges a liberal arts education with course work at the Climate Change Institute allowing students to approach careers in sustainability from a humanistic perspective. Elected as Trustee of the Fryeburg Water District, Sonia appreciates the opportunity to immerse herself in work crucial to ensuring environmental well being in rural towns, a career she hopes to pursue.
TREASURER, Steve Anthony (2026)
Moving to Fryeburg from Uruguay in 2016 was a purposeful choice for Steve who had spent years working for environmental protection and preservation as a member of the Homestead Land Trust in Seattle. Simultaneously Steve pursued equity among disparate populations by providing food in a restaurant where customers could use food stamps or work for meal credits to dine. Later, while living in Uruguay Steve noted that it was customary for citizens to purchase 3liter plastic bottles of drinking water. The lack of infrastructure to deliver potable water to most areas was not considered an issue until a water emergency in a mostly well-to-do town caused them to buy the bottled water their less fortunate neighbors had always been dependent upon. Fryeburg's privately owned water company's decision to sell the Town's water via bulk water extraction was concurrently in the news motivating Steve to offer his knowledge/experience to efforts by the FWD, the premier entity to work towards achieving local control of our water resources thereby correcting this misuse of them.
AT LARGE, William Leathem (2026)
Bill is a retired high school educator who taught chemistry, AP Chemistry, earth science, biology, and basic math. In his retirement he embraces opportunities to share a variety of special programs in MWV classrooms! Alternatively he is gratefully enjoying cross country skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, gardening, and spending time at the family's camp. Bill became involved with the FWD as a result of his concern about the effects of bulk water extraction on the aquifer. Bill looks forward to teaming with the people of Fryeburg to protect our water.