LAKE FRIENDLY LIVING PROGRAM

As watershed residents, we all share the responsibility in protecting the health of Canandaigua Lake. The good news is, we are empowered to make sound management decisions that will have a positive impact on our watershed. Start by adopting lake-friendly living practices around your home today!

Excess nutrients and pollutants in our lake can contribute to harmful algal blooms, increased aquatic plant growth, and the degradation of our water quality. So, let’s work together to preserve the integrity of our beautiful lake for years to come.

Being lake-friendly means making active choices that prioritize the health of the lake.  There are many easy ways to get started:

  • Practice lake-friendly lawn care by saying no to harmful chemicals and excess fertilizers
  • Maintain septic systems
  • Reduce household hazardous waste
  • Avoid flushing medications
  • Take your vehicle to a car wash instead of cleaning it in your driveway
  • Pick up pet waste
  • Identify and report terrestrial invasive species
  • Reduce the size of your lawn and plant native species

Take the Lake Friendly Living Pledge!

Take the pledge today and volunteer to proudly display a “Lake Friendly Living” sign. Signs are free for dues-paying CLWA members and can be displayed proudly on your property to let your neighbors know that you are doing your part to protect the lake.

Fill out the below form and we will contact you to make arrangements to get you a sign.

 

I KNOW that my choices can affect the water quality of Canandaigua Lake and therefore,

I PLEDGE to incorporate lake friendly living practices into my home activities to reduce my impact on the lake.

I WILL adopt these practices that help reduce or eliminate pollutants and minimize runoff:

I Pledge…..

I will make informed lawn care choices.

I will reduce/eliminate applying fertilizers, only using phosphorus-free versions when necessary.

I will not leave yard waste on roadways or shorelines of the lake or waterways.

I will pick up all pet waste.

I will maintain my septic system.

I will reduce household hazardous wastes and dispose of them properly.

I will dispose of prescription drugs correctly.  I will NOT flush them!

I will dispose of prescription drugs correctly.  I will NOT flush them!

I will maintain my automobiles, watercraft, and other recreational vehicles to prevent fluid leaks and spread of invasive species.

Lake Friendly Living Pledge Form

LAKE FRIENDLY LAWN CARE PROGRAM

As watershed residents, we all share the responsibility in protecting the health of Canandaigua Lake. The good news is, we are empowered to make sound management decisions that will have a positive impact on our watershed. Start simply by adopting lake-friendly lawn care practices on your property!

Excess nutrients in our lake can contribute to harmful algal blooms, increased aquatic plant growth, and the degradation of our water quality. So let’s work together to preserve the integrity of our beautiful lake for years to come.

Being lake-friendly means making active choices that prioritize the health of the lake, over trying to maintain a “perfect” weed free lawn. In this case, doing “less” is more! It can be as simple as saying no to harmful chemicals and excess fertilizers on our lawns, and tolerating some weeds and pests before using pesticides and herbicides.

Take the Lake Friendly Lawn Care Pledge!

Take the pledge today and volunteer to proudly display a “Lake Friendly Lawncare” sign. Signs are free for dues-paying CLWA members and can be displayed proudly on your property to let your neighbors know that you are doing your part to protect the lake.

Fill out the below form and we will contact you to make arrangements to get you a sign.

I Pledge…..

I’m committed … to prioritizing the health of the lake over trying to obtain a “perfect” weed free lawn.

I will … strive to maintain dense vegetation with minimal inputs, which can be accomplished through simple adjustments like mowing grass higher, mulching leaves and clippings, and patching bare spots.

I will … forgo 4-step programs and the excessive use of chemicals and instead address persistent weeds and pests with a spot treatment approach (or better yet, hand-pulling).

I pledge… to follow the recommendations for lake friendly lawn care, and to make environmentally-sound choices that will positively impact the water quality of Canandaigua Lake.

Lake Friendly Lawn Care Pledge Form

The Lake Friendly Living Coalition of the Finger Lakes:
Lake friendly Living Awareness Month 

THE 2022 AWARENESS MONTH THEME, LAKE FRIENDLY LIVING FOR WATERSHED RESILIENCY, FOCUSES ON THE CHANGING CLIMATE OF OUR WATERSHED AND HOW RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITIES CAN RESPOND TO THESE CHANGES IN WAYS THAT WILL HELP PROTECT AND PRESERVE OUR LAKES.

THE SHORT PRESENTATION BELOW WILL WALK YOU THROUGH THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF SIMPLE LAKE FRIENDLY LIVING PRACTICES YOU CAN DO AROUND YOUR HOME THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE LIVE AND VIRTUAL EVENTS WILL PROVIDE MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION AND SOLUTIONS ON SPECIFIC TOPICS IDENTIFIED IN THIS OVERVIEW.

LAKE FRIENDLY LIVING AND LAWN CARE RESOURCES AND LINKS

LAKE FRIENDLY LIVING VIDEOS

How do you practice Lake Friendly Living?

Nature's Best Hope, with Dr. Doug Tallamy

LAKE FRIENDLY LAWN CARE VIDEOS

LAKESIDE LAWN CARE WEBINAR

Healthy Lawns Healthy Lakes

Lake Friendly Living Resources:

 

LAKE FRIENDLY LIVING GUIDE

Managing Stormwater

A rain barrel attached to your downspouts can collect rainwater which would otherwise pick up soil, fertilizer, oil, pesticides and other contaminants from hard surfaces and landscapes.  Learn more by checking out this Virtual Rain Barrel Worshop with the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District.