June 18, 2018
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After 20 years, Maine lake taken off impaired list

The Associated Press

WINDHAM, Maine — Residents near a Maine lake in Windham and Falmouth that spent 20 years on a state and federal list of impaired waterways say the water is now so clean they can see the bottom.

And Highland Lake has been removed from the impaired waterways list.

Susan Landy of the Highland Lake Association says the water in the lake is now as clear as any in the Baxter State Park area.

Experts determined the water quality problems on the lake were tied to soil erosion from development around the 623-acre lake, only seven miles from downtown Portland.

The Portland Press Herald says landowners and others pitched in with anti-erosion practices, such as building rain gardens, reducing lawn fertilizers, cleaning ditches and planting thousands of buffer plants.

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