Lake Conservation Practices

The following are some before and after photos of lake conservation practices supplied by the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District. For more information, please visit their website at

In these pictures, the roof dripline trench before and after demonstrating simple practice to infiltrate stormwater coming off roof. Approximately 600 gallons of water will flow off a 25-foot by 40-foot roof during a 1-inch rainstorm!


Before and after of a shoreline planting at a residential property on Long Lake. CCSWCD has a sheet of common shorefront native plants and we can assist any lake landowner in obtaining native plant discounts from local nurseries. Trees and shrubs are recommended for long term shorefront stabilization. There are many low growing shrub options and ways to landscape with native plants while maintaining lake views.


Shorefront stabilized with defined pathways, native plants, and erosion control mulch. This photo was from a site addressed on Forest Lake but it shows the importance of defining walkways to stabilize shorefronts and prevent sediment from washing into the lake.


Another walking path example: this one is of the Skilling's property on Little Sebago Lake. Washed crushed stone can be used to create walking path yet it is not always desirable for bare feet users. Many people will install use Erosion Control Mulch and/or install garden stepping stones. Bringing material (mulch, loam, crushed stone,...) into the shorefront zone does require a permit-by-rule (  to be submitted to the State of Maine as well as a Shoreland Protection application with the town. CCSWCD can assist with permit applications for shorefront water quality protection efforts.


Eroded pathway to shorefront on Mount Hunger Shore Road stabilized with crushed stone infiltration steps.