10 ways you can help.
The health of the lake depends on hundreds of factors, big and small. We don’t tend to notice the small things, but over time, those small things repeated by hundreds of people over many years can add up to big trouble for our lake.
It does matter what you do, especially if you live in the watershed. Here are some ways you can have a direct and positive impact on the health of our lake.
- Pump your septic tank regularly.
- Cut your grass three inches high. Leave clippings on the lawn. Don’t fertilize it unless a soil test proves you need to.
- Pick up pet waste that contains phosphorus that can run off into streams and lakes with storm water. Never drop pet waste into streets or ditches.
- Don’t feed ducks or geese along the shoreline. It’s unhealthy for them and concentrates their excretia (that’s phosphorus again!) where it will make water plants grow. And it’s unhealthy for you to swim in it!
- Wash the car at the car wash, not in the yard.
- Take care of your own storm water. Create pervious surfaces so stormwater can soak into your lawn. You can even create a “rain garden.”
- Natural beaches are best – breakwalls provide no habitat for aquatic life.
- Empty bait buckets on the shore – invasive species travel in bait buckets and on boats.
- Slow down when driving snowy roads in the winter. Road salt enters the lake when the snow melts and travels down the tributaries to the lake. Sensible salting requires sensible driving.
- Teach your children, grandchildren, and neighbors to love the lake and respect it as a fragile, finite resource that should be passed along to the next generation in as good shape as you found it.
DEC Spill Hotline: 1-800-457-7362
Use the hotline 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week to report spills. If the spill is located within the watershed, the DEC will immediately contact our Watershed Inspector.