A scenic shot of a New Hampshire lake


What happens on your property affects the lake—whether you live along the lake or miles from it. The NH LAKES LakeSmart program is an education and reward program that assists homeowners in managing their property in ways that protect lake health. This lake-friendly living program is free, non-regulatory and voluntary. Participating homeowners receive individualized suggestions for keeping lakes clean and healthy and an award if they achieve LakeSmart status. For more information, and to find out if you are LakeSmart, click here.

Soak Up the Rain
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services offers property owners with information and guidance focused on how to reduce runoff through the Soak Up the Rain Program. For more information, click here.

Landscaping by the Water’s Edge
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension offers a guidebook explaining how to landscape a property while protecting the health of nearby waters and wildlife. To download or order this guide, click here.

If you plan to hire a professional to landscape your property, check out the list of professionals trained in landscaping by the water’s edge—click here.

A rain barrel outside a New Hampshire home