Build a Better Buffer
Protect water quality and property value with a good buffer
Are you concerned about algae blooms or erosion on your shorefront property? Whether you live next to a stream, lake, pond, estuary, or ocean, your landscaping choices can make a big difference on water quality and the resilience of your shoreline.
One of the most important things every property owner can do is to have a great buffer between home and lawn and any water. Join Director of Education and Citizen Science Sarah Gladu to learn how.
Be sure to scroll down for further resources as well!
Recorded on September 22, 2020 in Damariscotta, Maine.
Maine DEP and Shoreland Zoning
- The Maine Buffer Handbook
- The Maine Buffer Plant List and other resources
- Mandatory Shoreland Zoning (check this before any clearing or removing earth or rocks in the Shoreland Zone)
- List of Contractors Certified by Maine DEP in erosion control practices
- For additional information about local ordinances contact your local code-enforcement officer at your town office.
On limiting run-off and generally living lightly on the water
- The LakeSmart Program through Maine Lakes
- Local LakeSmart (can be applied to any marine or freshwater body). FMI email Sarah Gladu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to find good information on planting methods, native plants and related topics
- Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (Warren)
- University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Lincoln County Office (Waldoboro)
- Wild Seed Project: Information about growing native plants from seed and much more
- Wild Seed Project: List of places to purchase native plants