Unpaved roads are the single largest cause of lake pollution, and Hobbs Pond is surrounded by them. Runoff from this type of road carries unwanted soil and nutrients into lakes, reducing their water quality.
Proper maintenance can reduce or eliminate damaging runoff, and also reduce the cost of repairing and maintaining these roads. The design of the road should carry runoff into surrounding woods so that the soil can filter it before harmful deposits reach the lake.
Controlling surface and ground water on or near camp roads is key to reducing erosion into lakes. Several techniques may be used such as proper crowning to allow water to sheet of the road rather than forming erosive rivulets, constructing ditches that do not erode themselves, inserting diversions or water bars so that runoff can be directed into surrounding woods as small intervals before water flow becomes too fast to control erosion, and using buffers to slow runoff so that it can slowly seep into the soil rather than finding its way into channels that will carry sediments into the lake.