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Things we can do to preserve our lakes 

The deterioration of a lake is death by a thousand cuts.  If each of us do our small part, the lakes will stay pristine. Below are a few simple things to look for and maintain.

Clean and Clear Water

Phosphorus is the number one threat to water quality in our lakes. Phosphorus feeds algae, algae depletes oxygen, low oxygen kills fish and lakes.  It's that simple.  We can each do our part to keep phorphorus out of the lake water. 

 

 

 

 

 

Divert Storm Water into the Woods

 

Phosphorus is carried in dirt and mud from our driveways, roads, and bare ground.   By creating a diversion, water will run into the woods and be naturally filtered through the ground before entering the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

Plant Shrubs and Trees

along the Shoreline

 

Natural vegetation along the shore will absorb storm water, reduce erosion from boat waves, and beautify your property.

 

 

 

Do Not Use Fertilizer or Detergents

 

Choose non-phosphorus cleaners or just plain water when washing your car, dog, and tools.  Choose natural alternatives to pesticides.  

 

 

Keep your Septic System

Working Properly

 

There are state grants to provide matching funds for upgrading your septic system.  Contact us for more information. 

 

Become a LakeSmart property

 

IFLakes provides funding to help pay for approved projects to minimize stormwater runoff and preserve water quality. Contact us to learn more.

 

Invasive Plants

There are many non-native plants species that are inadvertantly introduced to a lake.  This infestation usually happens when a boat motor carries the plant on its propeller from lake to lake.   The results could be devastating with a reduction of water quality, disruption in fish life, and loss of property value.

 

Ways to Prevent an infestation:

            

- Inspect and rinse boats and propellers at boat ramps

- Early dedection at public landings and rapid response

- Spread the word!

Loons

We are so fortunate to have loons who call Lake Mattawaumkeag and Pleasant Pond home.  Loons are one of the most enchanting birds with their nighttime wails, beautiful plummage, and elusive lifestyles.   We take pride in our obligation to protect these special residents of our lakes.  

 

How to Keep the Loons Home Safe:

 

- Stay clear of known nesting areas 

- Use lead free sinkers and jigs

- Steer clear of loons while boating 

- Keep predators at bay by limiting garbage at your property