1. Septic systems should be in code with local ordinances and properly operated and maintained.
- Do not put household cleaners, paint, solvents and pesticides down the drain. Practice water conservation in the home.
- Limit the use of antibacterial cleaning products.
- Pump septic systems at least every three years, more often depending on use.
- Systems with garbage disposals should be pumped annually
2. Practice good lawn maintenance
- Limit fertilizing. Use zero-phosphorus fertilizer unless a soil test indicates the need for phosphorus.
- Do not fertilizer within 50 feet of the lake.
- Keep grass clipping, leaves and pet waste out of the lake.
- Reduce or eliminate pesticide use on the lawn and garden.
3. Maintain or establish a shoreland buffer zone of natural vegetation
- Limit fertilizing.
- Buffers prevent erosion and infiltration of nutrients into the lake.
- Buffers should be a minimum of 30 feet.
- Encourage woody vegetation and tall grasses to stabilize the shore land.
- Minimize the disturbance of aquatic plants as they help to stabilize shorelines and are critical as habitat for fish and other wildlife.
- Slow shore land runoff with gentle sloping and terraced landscaping.
4. Be a respectful boater
- Follow local boating regulations and safety rules and respect the rights of others.
- Minimize wake near shorelines.
- Properly dispose of trash (or secure it until proper disposal can be achieved).
- For larger boats, always use pump-out facilities for on-board waste disposal.
5. Practice catch-and-release fishing
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