Erosion Control


The most common pollutants that get into lakes are the toxic chemicals that flow into them along with the runoff from the nearby properties.  The best way to control that runoff into the lakes is to make sure waterfront properties have adequate buffers. A buffer is an area of natural plants, shrubs, and trees along the shoreline between lawns, roads or driveways, or other high use areas and the lake. Paved or other impervious surfaces should be avoided along the lake edges. Private launch areas should be grassed so that bare soil can’t erode into the lake. Septic systems should be pumped regularly and maintained in top condition to avoid discharge of untreated waste matter into the lake. All runoff eventually reaches the lakes, so erosion control is important everywhere in the watershed.

If you contemplate doing any construction, or disturbing the shoreline in any way, please make sure adequate buffering is part of your plans. If your property is in the shoreland zone, a permit will be necessary prior to doing any work. The Town of Washington Code Enforcement Officer, Robert Temple, is available to consult with and advise on any land use regulations. Bob can be contacted at (H)  207-993-2512, or (C) 632-4741  and email  He can also be reached at the Washington Town Office (207-845-2897). Knox - Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (KLSWCD) offers free advice on erosion control and may visit your property,  if you request it, to consult and advise. KLSWCD is located at 893 West Street (Route 90) Suite 103 Rockport, Maine. 593-2040.  [They are 1.4 miles south of Route 17 on Route 90.]  You may contact them via email at or visit their website at  

Washington Lakes Watershed Association can be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 398, Washington, ME 04574 and via email at