LakeSmart, the flagship program of the Maine Lakes Society, is one of the most effective lake protection programs available today. It recognizes waterfront homeowners who use natural landscaping strategies to protect the health of their lake.
Watch a video here.

Our volunteer crew has been busy this summer conducting LakeSmart screenings around the lake. Laurie Fenwood, Kathleen Baynes, Joel Deckler, Doug Marchio and Jim Fenwood have visited 9 camps to share tips on ways that shorefront property can protect the lake.

 2016 LakeSmart Awards:                                                             2016 LakeSmart Commendations:

Darold and Janice Wooley                                                   Pam Forbes                                       

Paul and Rose Mailman

Priscilla Agin

Benson Gray and the Gray Family

Bob and Cathy Reymer

Susan Collins and Tom Daffron

Jean Claude and Gisele Poulin

Why Be LakeSmart?

Many of us grew up with suburban landscaping and are accustomed to its tidy lawns and open space. But suburban lawns, with big driveways and wide paths, are deadly for our lakes. LakeSmart landscaping provides a healthy alternative that mimics nature’s rich mosaic of plants, shrubs, winding paths, and shady trees – so it looks great, enhances privacy, and works hard to protect property values, wildlife habitat, water quality, recreational opportunities and the vitality of local economies.

Cold Stream Pond is recognized as one of the cleanest and clearest lake in Maine. It’s hard to believe one person’s expansive lawn or eroding camp road could be a threat to something as large and enduring as our lake. But when added to a shoreline full of similar sites, it can. All stormwater that gets into Cold Stream Pond carries nutrients. Over time, the cumulative impact can be thousands of pounds of pollutants. The result could someday be algae blooms, fish kills, and the loss of water clarity and spawning habitat. One tiny rivulet from one rainstorm may not seem like much, but when multiplied across a lake watershed and added up over decades, eroded soil can turn a lake into a smelly, pea green mess.

Maintaining a buffer of natural vegetation is one of the best ways to be LakeSmart.
  LakeSmart properties for 2016.
What can I do?

Contact Jim Fenwood, CSCOA LakeSmart Coordinator, to see if your property is LakeSmart.

For more information:
Check out the  Maine Lakes Society website.

For fact sheets and information on LakeSmart practices click here.

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