LakeSmart Toolkit

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:
    • 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.
    • Descriptions of native plants for varying conditions such as sun/shade, damp/dry locations.
    • “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.

Ecological Landscaping

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