LakeSmart Program

LakeSmart is a lake conservation program focusing on lakefront property owners. LakeSmart educates, assists, and recognizes property owners who maintain their home sites in ways that manage stormwater on site and prevent groundwater flows of septic effluent to lakes. The program was created in 2004 by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), expanded in 2009 by a partnership between the Maine Lakes Society and DEP, and is now fully privatized under the Maine Lakes Society. In its first year of administering LakeSmart, the Society tripled the number of participating lakes, increased all-time LakeSmart awards 12% and presented its distinctive blue and white signs to 54 homeowners, thereby bringing the LakeSmart award total to 458 shorefront property owners.  Thhe Society is approaching its 5-year goal of 60 lake association participants by 2018, as there are 36 trained and active groups in 2015.

Now in its third year under MLS direction, LakeSmart has bestowed over 80 coveted LakeSmart Awards to homeowners during the summer of 2015.   Posted at the lakeside and driveway entrances of a property, the distinctive blue and white sign identifies the owner as a person who cares enough to take action to protect the lake. Properties that display it show others what lake-friendly living looks like, arouse interest, and motivate similar behavior by other community members.

LakeSmart: Saving Our Lakes, One Shore at a Time from Maine Lakes Society on Vimeo.

Lake Smart is a voluntary lake shore property evaluation. Upon request, a trained volunteer will use the Lake Smart evaluation survey to look at ways your property is protecting lake quality.  If you score highly on the Lake Smart survey you will get a Lake Smart sign recognizing your efforts to have better management practices that keep the lake clean.  The volunteer is also trained to give suggestions on how to deal with problem areas.  Your sign will also encourage your neighbors to have their property evaluated and implement better management practices.   We encourage all lake front owners to contact our volunteer coordinator either to have your property evaluated or to get trained in the program.  Please contact CLA and mention you are interested in the LakeSmart evaluation survey.