Clean Water

Soil is the #1 pollutant in Maine’s lakes. Storm-water washes phosphorus-rich soil into lakes and ponds, too much phosphorus entering freshwater lakes and ponds over-feeds algae leading to a decrease in water clarity that is harmful to the lake’s health and your property value.

Participate in a current Watershed Protection Project:

If you are a landowner in an elligible watershed contact the Conservation District at 667-8663 or email HCSWCDinfo@hancockcountyswcd.org for more information. Technical consulting, information, and site visits may be available at no cost and with no further commitment required.

Private Roads and Town Roads

  • Road Projects are typically eligible for reimbursement of 60% of the project cost.
  • Typical projects include: Ditching, road reshaping, culverts

Residential Property

  • Landowners are often eligible for reimbursement of 50% of the project costs.
  • Typical projects include: Landscaping with native plants, Shoreline stabilization,  Protecting driveways from erosion

Learn more about Watershed Protection Projects 

Watershed Protection Projects are aimed at protecting your lake from soil and phosphorous pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to operate Maine’s Watershed Protection Grants.  The Conservation District works local volunteers to identify, prepare, and apply for watershed protection grants managed by Maine DEP. Grant funds support the installation of erosion-control practices designed to keep polluted storm-water runoff out of our water.