LakeSmart Program

The LakeSmart Program is new to Clough Pond in 2019. We will be undertaking this effort with the assistance of the NHLAKES Association. 

NHLAKES are the folks that have been bringing us the Lake Host Program since 2002. They brought us the Lake Conservation Corps in 2011 which resulted in the large boulders along the road at the Town Beach. That created a place for water that spilled over from the road onto the beach to be captured and allowed to sink into the sand rather than run across the beach and into the pond dragging pollutants with it. The efforts of the Faith Community Bible Church, the Town of Loudon, and other local entities then completed that renovation of the beach in 2017.

What happens on your property affects the lake whether you have shoreline or are elsewhere in the watershed. The LakeSmart Program will help ensure that future generations will inherit a lake with a healthy future. 

Participating in the LakeSmart Program provides you with a property evaluation, property specific recommendations, and a toolkit of information so you can better protect the pond and its recreational value into the future. The program is FREE and participation is completely voluntary. 

At this time the Clough Pond Association is looking for property owners on or near to the pond that would be interested in having their property evaluated. We are still very early in this process but if you want to get ahead of things please contact Tom Edwards. 

7/25/2019 Update: Three of our members have been trained by NHLAKES to do evaluations and two of their properties were evaluated in the normal course of the training. Two more properties will be evaluated July 25th and there are two more awaiting scheduling. Because this program is still in pilot mode with NHLAKES, no finished reports are available for the property owners just yet but they are coming. In addition, NHLAKES staff will come along on the next few evaluations to make sure the training that we received was sufficient and to ensure that our first few evaluations are done well and we as evaluators  are ready to venture out on our own. 

Below are some links to various information:


  • Program Announcement (PDF) 

  • Landscaping at the Water's Edge (PDF)
    This is a copy of a publication from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. 

  • Dripline Infiltration Trench (PDF)
    Collects and soaks up runoff water from roofs allowing it to soak into the ground  

  • Driveway Infiltration Trench (PDF)
    Collects and soaks up runoff water from driveways allowing it to soak into the ground 

  • Dry Well (PDF)
    Collects runoff water from gutter downspouts and roofs valleys allowing it to soak into the ground 

  • Infiltration Steps (PDF)
    Slows down and soaks up runoff water runoff to reduce soil from being washed away and to define walking paths 

  • Pervious Walkways and Patios (PDF) 
    Look like traditional pavers, but soaks up runoff water 

  • Rain Barrel (PDF)
    Captures runoff water from roofs to reduce runoff and provides a water source for lawns, gardens, and indoor plants 

  • Rain Garden (PDF)
    A sunken, flat-bottomed garden that uses soil and plants to capture, absorb, and clean-up runoff water 

  • Vegetated Buffer (PDF)
    A vegetated area along a lake or river that stabilizes soil and helps slow down and clean up runoff water 

  • Vegetated Swale (PDF)
    A shallow channel that slows runoff and directs it to an area where it can soak into the ground 

  • Water Bar (PDF)
    Intercepts runoff water traveling down moderately steep walkways, paths, and gravel driveways and diverts it into vegetated areas 


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