LakeSmart is an educational program run by the Maine Lakes Society that helps homeowners choose best practices that will preserve the health of the lakes that they live on. It is free, voluntary and non-regulatory.
Trained volunteers perform site visits to interested homeowners and determine what changes can be made to help stop storm water runoff into the lake. This runoff can be a major cause of erosion and pollution, which if ignored can eventually cause irrevocable damage. After the visit, the LakeSmart evaluators give suggestions to the homeowner. These suggestions fall within the following categories:
*Driveway and parking
*Structures and septic
*Yard, recreation areas, pathways
*Buffers and water access
Once the suggestions are implemented, the homeowner receives a plaque to place at the lakefront, as well as the assurance that they are doing all they can to help the lake that they love.
Sheepscot Lake Association has participated in this important project in the past, and we look forward to getting the program back up and running in the near future, with board members (and anyone else interested) getting trained for site visits in the summer of 2021.
For more information regarding the LakeSmart program, including samples of evaluation sheets, please visit