Did you know the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers stormwater runoff as the number one threat to water quality in our lakes and streams? Lakefront homeowners play a big role in preventing sediment from flowing into the lakes from their yards. Sand and dirt from lawns and driveways enter the lake during rainstorms. Homeowners should be careful not to divert water directly into the lake from gutters or drains, as sediment travels with it. Avoid mowing and fertilizing along 10 feet of the lake at the shoreline to reduce runoff and erosion into the lake. This can improve the clarity of water at your lakefront and reduce algae growth.
Lakefront homeowners and Beaches should also attempt to deter geese and other waterfowl from their properties. One goose creates about three pounds of fecal matter daily, significantly adding to nutrients that cause algal blooms. Geese can be kept away with scare tactics (decoys, reflective objects) or modifying your property with tall plantings or grass at the lakefront. Geese like short grass-just 6 inches is all they need to stay away. Homeowners can also place fencing or rope two to three feet from the water line to keep birds away. Many beaches put up fencing at the waterline at the end of the day to deter geese. And everyone in our community should not feed waterfowl.
Chemicals used to kill weeds can contaminate our lakes. Please read the labels on weed killers prior to using them on your yard and around our bodies of water! Speak to your landscaper about the chemicals they use. Are they harming fish, frogs and turtles as they beautify your property? We need biodiversity in our lakes to keep them healthy. Clean up after your pets. Animal waste contributes to coliform levels in our water. Dispose of pet waste in the garbage before it contaminates the lake.