LakeSmart Resources

There’s lots to learn about being LakeSmart, and you can pick up a great deal on your own! We’ve brought together as many resources on this page to help you in your endeavor.

Portland Water District 

  • PWD has an illustrated series with instructions for most LakeSmart BMPs and Plants, which covers:
  1. Best Management Practices, otherwise known as ‘The BMP’s’: Construction BMP’s; Dripline Trench; Dry Wells; Erosion Control Mix; Infiltration Steps; Infiltration Trench; Lake Shoreline Riprap; Live Staking; Open Top Culvert; Paths and Walkways; Permitting; Pervious Pathway; Planting and Maintaining Buffers; Rain Barrels; Rain Garden; Rubber Razors, Turnouts; Waterbar.
  2. Descriptions of native plants for varying conditions such as sun/shade, damp/dry locations.
  3. “Lakes Like Less Lawn” – Environmental Landscaping for Water Quality published by the Portland Water District.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

  • Certified contractors in your area. All earth moving activity within 250 feet from the high water line of great ponds must be done by a DEP certified contractor. It’s the law and it applies to all great ponds starting January 2013!
  • Maine Yardscaping – Get help choosing the right plant for the right place and grass seed sources.

Pest Control:

Road Maintenance:

Ecological Landscaping

There are other organizations that will help you find sustainable landscape professionals in your are:

Other LakeSmart Tips can be found here.


LakeSmart is a Program of the Maine Lakes Society