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Keoka Lake LakeSmart Awards

  • David Abbiati

  • Jim & Diane Flynn

  • Chester Howard et al

  • Dan & Rosmarie Johnson

  • Wilma Johnson

  • Arne & Hannah Klepinger

  • Kokosing

  • Chip & Beth Mason

  • Richard & Cindy Orr

  • Denny & Ginnie Raymond

  • Tom & Mole Schaeffer

  • Alan & Kathy Sousa

  • Bill & Sara Stockwell

  • Tom & Sue Stockwell

  • Andy & Liz Tabor

  • Tarbell - Aloha

  • Dan & Pricilla Treadwell

  • Betsy Whitfield

  • Barry & Ann Wickersham



A cooperative endeavor with the LEA and Lake Stewards Soil & Water Conservation, LakeSmart is a program that offers free opportunities for homeowners to learn how to manage their lakeside properties to protect their lake's water quality.  The program's goal is to change the increasingly common suburban landscaping practices around lakes to a more natural, lake-friendly environment.  The primary focus of LakeSmart is to keep a lake's water clean by stabilizing eroding areas, reducing the use of chemicals, and diverting rainwater into vegetated areas.  There is no downside to a LakeSmart inspection and there is no fee.

Spearheaded by Kathy Souza in 2011, KLA's LakeSmart program is now handled by Ginger Eaton. KLA has a goal of at least 30% participation of Keoka Lake's property owners.  Inspections are done by trained volunteers and cover a number of factors that impact the health of the lake. The volunteer inspector will use a checklist to evaluate the property and make notes as to mitigation that can be done to meet the LakeSmart standards for maintaining clean, clear and healthy water in Maine lakes. Besides making Maine's lakes more attractive to enjoy, clean, clear water in the lakes serves to sustain, among other things, shoreline property values.

Following the inspection, it is then up to the landowner to decide how much he/she is willing to do to remedy any issues found. Following mitigation, a Maine Lakes Society employee makes the final inspection before awarding the LakeSmart designation.

While it is nice to have lots of LakeSmart Award plaques posted at the end of driveways or along the lakefront, the more important goal is striving to get all property owners to participate and have their property evaluated. The quality of the water in Keoka lake is a function of everyone doing their part in controlling runoff that adds phosphorous to the lake. If you would like to have your property inspected, please contact Ginger Eaton or Charlie Tarbell.