The joys of a buffered shore front.  Locke Pond
The joys of a buffered shore front. Locke Pond

LakeSmart offers evaluations of your watershed. FCSWCD, trained in watershed issues, evaluates waterfront properties in approved areas, and makes recommendations on actions you can take to improve the qualtiy of your lake or pond water.

LakeSmart as we all know it has been taken over by COLA, Congress of Lake Associations, under Maggie Shannon. We will keep you updated as to what will be available through COLAL. For 2013, Rosetta Thompson, on behalf of FCSWCD, will go to the following waterbodies as in the past, by request. This year, only one day may be spent on each of these lakes or ponds.

  • Locke Pond, Chesterville
  • Sand Pond, Chesterville
  • Cupsuptic Lake, Oquossoc
  • David Pond, Fayette
  • Porter Lake, New Vinyard & Strong
  • Wilson Lake, Wilton
  • Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Oquossoc/Rangeley
  • Quimby Pond, Rangeley

Sign up for evaluations from May - October on any of these above mentioned water bodies. Contact FCSWCD at or call 778-4279 for details about how the program will work with COLA.

If you would like to have the added incentive for taking pride in your lakefront property, think about becoming a LakeSmart participant. Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District will have Rosetta Thompson come out to your property to perform a free evaluation if you request one and you are on one of the water bodies in the program.

If you have property that passes the four sections: driveways and parking; structures and septic; yard, recreation and paths; and shorefront and beach area, you will receive up to two signs to post, as well as a certificate to show to friends and family.

The coordinators on the following waterbodies are:

  • Locke Pond & Sand Pond: Ellie Hopkins, 645-3846, East Shore Drive
  • Wilson Lake: Kathy Shoaps, 645-4409, Camp Road or Wynn Muller, 645-3716 Craig's Cove
  • Porter Lake: Jean Ferri, 652-2440 Lake Street, off Route 234
  • Mooselookmeguntic Lake: Joe May, 671-6199, Bald Mtn Rd
  • David Pond: Linda Stanton, 293-4082
  • Quimby Pond: Sue Motly, 864-2179
  • Cupsuptic Lake:(to be determined)

Any of these coordinators would love to talk to you about taking part in the program. Rosetta will go out to any of these ponds or lakes as long as there are three or more interested property owners who want a free evaluation done and would like to receive free technical assistance. She will leave you written comments and suggestions to correct any noted or potential problems.

The following explains why it is very important to evaluate your watershed properties.

What is a Watershed? A watershed is the area of land from which rainfall (and/or) snow melt drains into a stream or other water body. The highest ground, such as a mountain, hill or ridge, forms the boundary between two watersheds. Rain falling off either side will form two watersheds. A watershed is also the geographic region within which water drains into a particular river, stream, lake or ocean. A watershed includes hills, lowlands, and the body of water into which the land drains.

Why is your Watershed Important? Healthy watersheds are vital for a healthy environment and economy. Our watersheds provide water for drinking, irrigation and industry. Many people also enjoy lakes and streams for boating, fishing, swimming and for their aesthetic pleasure. Wildlife also needs healthy watersheds for food and shelter.

What is a Watershed Survey? A watershed survey is designed to locate sources of phosphorus and sediment which could have a negative impact on water quality. It is important to note that the results of a watershed survey is not used for enforcement purposes. The spirit of the survey is to work cooperatively with landowners toward a common goal with landowners toward a common goal of preserving long term water quality.

When to conduct a Watershed Survey? The best time to conduct the survey is in the spring, soon after the snow has melted and the ground is exposed (generally no later than May). At this time, runoff from rain storms will be at a maximum, and erosion problems will be more visible.

What Action can individuals take?

Do your part around your home:

  • prevent soil erosion, use trees and shrubs instead of lawns to filter runoff.
  • keep your lawn small
  • use less fertilizers and pesticides
  • dispose of chemicals properly
  • pump septic systems every 2-3 years.
  • Compost your waste
  • reduce, reuse & recycle

Get involved in watershed planning

  • organize a watershed survey
  • volunteer to monitor lake water quality
  • participate in local planning efforts

Learn more (contact): DEP at 1-800-452-1942 or Franklin County SWCD at (207) 778-4279.


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