If each of us practice the following recommendations made in the Dewart Lake Diagnostic Study-January 2005, we can ensure that we are doing our part in improving/maintaining the lake water quality. We must also talk to our neighbors about following these lake friendly recommendations. Together we will make a difference.
Property Owner Lake Management Recommendations:
1. Reduce the frequency and amount of fertilizer and herbicide/pesticide used on your lawn--excessive amounts get into the lake even if you have a sea wall.
2. Use phosphorus free fertilizer--the middle number of the 3 numbers on the bag should be zero. Phosphorus naturally occurring in most soils is enough to keep your lawn healthy. Phosphorus in the lake causes excessive algae growth.
3. Keep organic wastes (lawn clippings, leaves, goose droppings) out of the lake.
4. Properly maintain your septic system. Have it pumped/checked regularly.
5. Obey No-Wake Zones. Boat propellers in shallow water can stir up bottom sediments that not only decrease water clarity but may also contain chemicals that are detrimental to the lake.
6. Examine all drains that lead from roads, driveways, roofs, fields, and lawns to the lake. Consider alternate routes that would better filter this runoff. Stabilize bare ditches with grass if possible.
7. Runoff from construction sites should be kept out of the lake with standard sediment fences or other containment methods. Don't let concrete trucks/well drillers put their waste in a location that will runoff into the lake.
8. Consider planting a "native species strip" near the waters edge or your seawall. This will filter water going into the lake better than lawn grass. *
9. Consider planting native emergent vegetation along your shoreline or in front of a seawall. This provides habitat for fish/invertebrates and dampens wave energy. *
* see your Lane Director for a list of appropriate species