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Protecting the Lake
Understanding the connection, ongoing projects, and how you can help.
Starting back in 2002 LSLA, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD), and Maine DEP began a long term collaborative effort to protect water quality in Little Sebago. To date these agencies, using grant funds available through the federal clean air and water act in combination with work and funding by private individuals, road associations, the towns of Gray and Windham, and a host of others have accomplished over $500,000 worth of work reduce the introduction of sediment into Little Sebago. Conversantly calculating the reduction of sediment entering the water body based on the results of known Best Management Practices we have kept well over 600 tons of sediment out of Little Sebago in the last decade.
Lake Conservation Practices
Gravel Road Maintenance
When grading the road, make sure the road is crowned. A crown of about 6" higher than the road's edge is a good rule of thumb.
Make sure that when crowning you do not leave an edge berm. This is a small pile of road debris left on the road's shoulders, prematurely washing out your gravel road.
Choose the type of gravel carefully. Ideally, the road surface should have about 10 to 15% clay/silt sized particles, known as fines, and the road bed should have 0-5% fines. This will help to minimize frost damage.
The best time to grade is right after a heavy rain. The water helps loosen the gravel and fines and makes the road easier to reshape.
Wherever possible, put in ditch turnouts into the woods to help disperse water and prevent erosion.
Lawn Fertilizer & Our Lake's Health
- Atlantic Turf Care: 207-781-5212
- Cutters Edge: 207-893-0299
- Egbert’s Lawn Care: 207-839-5502
- Lawn Dog: 888-925-3294
- Maine Pest and Turf Corp.: 207-683-5131
- Natural lawn of America: 888-401-1241