Maine Alliance for Road Associations
In 2020 a new law is in place to those with shoreline zone properties. As some who are concerned for the environment and the quality of water in our great lakes a new law goes in place. if you are selling/transferring/buying property that is within the shoreline zone an inspection of your septic system is required. Speak to your real estate agent for more information.
If you are concerned about lake water quality, you might want to also look into the impact of the use of Calcium Chloride as dust control on gravel roads within the shoreland zone. There is conflicting information. The DEP Roads Manual recommends not using Calcium Chloride within the shoreland zone, but they have not enforced this recommendation. Some have claimed that if properly applied, the salt remains in the road and doesn't wash down to the lake, and that it prevents road silt from also making its way to the water; others dispute that claim, and point to the detrimental effect of the salt on the fish population. I think "the jury is still out" on this issue.
Thank you for the discussion on calcium chloride. This issue is very controversial. I have feedback from Maine DEP that allows it, in small portions that will NOT affect fish or water. Calcium chloride is also been helpful to glue the fine dust and reduce potholes. Note that legislation brings this up to remove it a lot but it dies in the bill process. There is a need for replacing it with something that will keep our snowy and icy roads safe. Maybe the DEP and DOT will work together to research it for a solution.
Meanwhile for the original topic. of those who are cooperative and fully paying members on our roads and are selling property this new law is helpful for them in which we offer the info as a courtesy, especially via section 3106 for our roads to help save our lake and maybe informative to those private roadway members with public easements.
The Maine Alliance for Road Associations