Lakeshore Owners

Living on a lake provides a unique opportunity — and responsibility — to steward riparian areas.

Some Beneficial Management Practices for Lakeshore Owners include:

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Understand that  riparian areas include both land and shallow water areas (where cattails and bulrushes grow)

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Avoid disturbing the soil or building structures in riparian areas

Eliminate the use of lawn herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers to reduce water pollution and algal blooms

Maintain a properly functioning septic system (have it routinely inspected and emptied)

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Slow and filter runoff from your property by using “low impact development” techniques such as rain barrels, rain gardens, and permeable pavement

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Maintain a natural shoreline – and replace turf lawns -- with deep-rooted native plants to reduce erosion, help filter water runoff, and support biodiversity

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Allow aquatic and semi-aquatic plants to grow  (e.g. cattails and bulrushes). These provide natural shoreline armoring, protect from wave and ice damage, and provide important fish and bird habitat

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Share docks, piers and boat lanes within your community to minimize shoreline disturbance

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