Eco Friendly Tips!

Tips for a Better Environment

1.    Septic systems should be in code with local ordinances and properly operated and maintained.

  • Do not put household cleaners, paint, solvents and pesticides down the drain.
  • Practice water conservation in the home.
  • Limit use of antibacterial products.
  • Pump septic systems at least every three years.

2.    Practice catch-and-release fishing.

  • Convert to non-lead based tackle and recycle your lead-based tackle to protect the Loons and other waterfowl from lead poisoning.

3.    Keep it natural – restore your shore.

  • Buffers prevent erosion and infiltration of nutrients into the lake.
  • Buffers should be a minimum of 30 feet.
  • Encourage woody vegetation and tall grasses to stabilize the shoreline.
  • Slow shore land runoff with gentle sloping and terraced landscaping.
  • Reduce your lawn.

4.    Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, such as eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels.

  • Check your boat before and after launching.

5.    Know your land and lake rules.

  • It is unlawful in Minnesota to knowingly alter shoreline, fish habitat or aquatic vegetation without a permit from the Minnesota DNR.
  • Upland permits are often required from the city to alter the land. Please check with the city zoning coordinator.

6.    Appreciate aquatic plants.

  • Aquatic “weeds” are critical life-support systems and filters.
  • Cattails and bulrushes are natural water purifiers.
  • Rooted aquatic vegetation is a veritable fish nursery.

7.    Reduce roofs and roads.  

  • Roofs, sidewalks, paved driveways increase the amount of water the runs off to land and aquatic environments.
  • Use newer more pervious materials for sidewalks, driveways and patios.
  • Use rain barrels to catch runoff water for use on lawns, gardens, and planters.
  • Build rain gardens to catch and filter runoff water.

8.    Be considerate of all lake and land users.

  • Part of being a good steward and neighbor is being considerate of everyone’s values.
  • Following both state and local laws and ordinances will help to ensure a positive experience for everyone who uses Minnesota’s land and water.
  • Operate motorized vehicles on land and water in a sensible and safe manner.

9.    Become part of the local decision making process.

  • Make your concerns known.
  • Support your local property owners or lake association.
  • Give money and time to support organizations working to protect Minnesota’s natural resources for future generations.

10.  Low impact boating.

  • Studies have shown that high speed and high-powered boats, especially in depths of less than 18 feet, have a detrimental impact on water quality, shoreline erosion and wildlife habitat.
  • A slow speed in shallow water is safer and much easier on the environment. You also see more.
  • A boat with a fifty horsepower motor can stir up the bottom sediment in 15 feet of water.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Our Shoreland

The Minnesota Shoreland Management web site provides a wealth of information on lakeshore management and an excellent reference for all land and lakeshore property owners.

Learn more by downloading Protecting Our Waters: Shoreland Best Management Practices.