Want to do your part? Adopt Best Practices
Follow a few simple ‘best management practices’ for protecting the Lime Lake / Good Harbor Bay Watershed… People who care can and will make the difference.
Shorelines are critical transition areas from land to water. A natural shoreline protects the lake and provides habitat for fish and wildlife.
Maintain a greenbelt - a 20-35’ natural buffer - along 70% of your shoreline to help provide filtration to trap pollutants, prevent overgrowth of aquatic plants and algae, reduce erosion and discourage geese
Use native plants - shrubs, trees and grasses - to stabilize shorelines which provides habitat for wildlife
Plant native trees to help offset storm damage and replace die-off of diseased ash, birch, beech and oaks
Use a mulching mower, compost leaves and yard trimmings at least 100 ft from surface water. Excess leaves in the lakes and creeks degrades water quality.
Irrigate with lake water
Use eco-friendly pesticides & fertilizers, and only use if indicated by a soil test or professional consultation; eliminate all use of fertilizers within 100’ of water’s edge.
Properly store pesticides, fertilizers and fuels. Take part in hazardous waste collections for these and other items like paints and medical waste
Inspect your boat, mower and vehicles for fuel and oil leaks
Don’t use shampoos /soap in the lake
Stop invasive species
Clean, Drain and Dry to keep invasive plants and animals from entering lakes and creeks
Clean: boats, trailers and equipment
Drain: live wells, bilges of all water
Dry: boats and all equipment
Dispose: unwanted bait in the trash
Maintain septic system
Have your system inspected, to make sure it is working properly, and pumped only when indicated by inspection
Avoid using bleach & commercial products that claim to “maintain” the tank & septic system
Avoid use of a garbage disposal