TEN BEST MANAGEMENT PROACTICES OF LAKE PROTECTION
· Do not put household grease, 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.
· 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 clippings, leaves and pet waste out of the lake.
· Reduce or eliminate pesticide use on the lawn and garden.
· Limit fertilizing in the buffer.
· Shoreline buffers prevent erosion and infiltration of nutrients into the lake.
· Buffers should be a minimum of 30 feet wide.
· Encourage woody vegetation and tall grasses in the buffer to stabilize the shoreline.
· Minimize the disturbance of beneficial aquatic plants along the shoreline since they provide stability and are critical as habitat for fish and other wildlife.
· Slow shoreline runoff with gentle sloping and terraced landscaping.
· Follow local boating regulations and safety rules and respect the rights of others.
· Minimize boat 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.
· Some species of fish may be catch and release.
· There may be certain sizes of desirable fish that should be removed.
· Certain species of fish may be undesirable and should be removed.
· Do not introduce fish from other bodies of water.
· Check your boat before and after launching in the water; encourage others at the public access to do the same.
· Lake associations can organize monitoring teams to check for aquatic weeds during the summer or organize monitoring programs at access points.
· Make sure only rainwater flows into storm drains.
· Reseed bare ground so it doesn’t erode.
· Follow your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SPPP) and have Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) inspected annually.
· Be part of the basin wide planning process; ensure that state and local ordinances contain protective and rehabilitative management plans for your lake.
· Attend planning and zoning meetings or boards of adjustment to voice concern about development activity that does not meet local ordinances.
· Get to know your county commissioners, share your concerns with them.
· Become involved with your local lake association.
· Become part of the decision-making process for local land use ordinances, serve on the soil and water conservation district board, planning board, or other local government committees and appointed commissions.