Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015. Thank you for your support of the Three Lakes Council during 2014 (and years before!). In 2015, may the lakes continue to be a source of enjoyment and wonderful new memories.
As you enter the new year, please consider adding some of these stewardship resolutions to your own list of resolutions.
1. I’ll learn more about our lakes’ history, health, plants, or animals this year.
2. This year I’ll have my septic tank pumped and inspected (optional if I did this recently). If the tank baffles are missing or damaged, I’ll have them replaced.
3. I will “overseed” my lawn rather than spread fertilizer or pesticides. I’ll tell my lawn service – or myself – to cut my grass high and leave the clippings on the lawn.
4. I’ll pull up some invasive plants and replace them with native plants. If I live on the lake, I’ll maintain a buffer of native plants to slow the flow of rainwater and pollutants into the lake.
5. I’ll pick up after my pets and throw their poop into the trash. I won’t feed geese, ducks, or swans. I’ll make sure not to let any invasive aquarium plants or animals loose into the environment.
6. This year I’ll make sure no oil or gas from my boat, car, or generator spills on the ground.
7. I won’t transport algae, plants, and animals from one waterbody to another. If I take boats, coolers, fishing tackle, sand toys, or other beach or boat items off my lake, I’ll check, clean, and dry them before bringing them back.
8. If I use motorboats, this year I’ll take a safe boating course or review my class materials.
9. I’ll keep an eye out for invasive aquatic plants and animals. If I’m not sure, I’ll ask! I’ll be alert for blue green algae blooms as well. If in doubt, stay out!
10. I will join or renew my membership in the Three Lakes Council to help support the stewardship of our precious local lake resources.