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.

Help nature

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.

Minimize pollution

  • 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

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