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WHY WE NEED LAKE STEWARDS

The Lime Lake Steward program is the result of a growing realization that while some homeowners may engage in activities which result in harmful impacts on our lake and watershed, most do so without understanding the consequences of such actions, and how they can easily be avoided or remediated. 

The Stewards Program educates and advocates protecting Lime Lake by engaging in best practices. Stewards voluntarily pledge to protect and share their advocacy with others.

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PROTECT LIME LAKE

Central to the protection of the water quality is avoiding unnecessary chemicals, fertilizers, yard waste, storm water runoff and groundwater contamination, which will enter the lake and affect the water where we swim, boat and play. 

Nature has created green buffer zones to help filter water flowing into the lake and watershed. However, over the years, much of the greenbelt protection has been lost. The Lake Stewards program aims to promote proper approaches to landscaping and yard design and maintenance among homeowners. 

KEEP VIGILANT

Despite success in protecting the overall water quality, the Lime Lake/Good Harbor Bay watershed faces considerable ‘stressors’. Excess nutrients & sediment, larger homes, more visitors, climate change and severe storms with greater runoff all factor as ‘stressors’ and can easily disrupt the lake's natural balance.

We’re happy to report that our tests, overall, show that the quality of our water is at a high level, has remained relatively stable, and compares favorably to neighboring lakes. But there’s more to do. The challenge is to continue to be vigilant in protecting the watershed.

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Take the Pledge to Protect the Watershed 

Your support is needed to protect and preserve this beautiful area now and for future generations. By taking the Steward’s pledge, you agree to adopt some of the best practices to guide decisions you make that involve your property.  The “Pledge to Protect” is for anyone — riparian, watershed resident, or regular visitor — who wants to advance the effort to protect and preserve Lime Lake and the surrounding watershed. 

 

As you read the pledge form, consider what you already do for the watershed and then pick items that will be new for you. The Stewards Program uses the honor system, and we know that what you check is what you will put into action. THANK YOU!

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