Ten Best Management Practices For Lake Protection

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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