Ideas from Lake Hubert
The Lake Hubert Association has an impressive website that includes the following suggestions for keeping a lake enjoyable for everyone:
Ownership of lakeshore property includes not only rights and privileges, but also responsibilities to protect, preserve, and enhance the quality of our lake and its environment. We provide the following information in an effort to ensure that both current and future residents are able to fully enjoy the beauty and natural essence of that which so many of us call home.
A few helpful guidelines for Lake Hubert residents…
Be a Good Neighbor
– Enjoy the lake but be sensitive to the needs of others. Party in moderation; keep the noise level down. Respect fishing boats and give them adequate distance.
– Be a safe neighbor; Use caution when lighting campfires, using pesticides, or any other activity which may reach beyond your property.
– Be reasonable and safe with use of boats & personal watercraft. use personal flotation devices. Watch for swimmers, wildlife, and other waterborne obstacles.
-Be aware how your outdoor lighting effects your neighbors, even those across the lake. Light pollution can spoil the “up-north” feeling we all desire. Please adjust your outdoor lighting accordingly.
Don’t let pets become a nuisance
– We all love our own pets but our neighbors don’t necessarily share that love. Be a good neighbor and keep your pets confined to your own property. In addition, traffic has increased on all of our roads and it is not safe for your pet to be on the roads unsupervised.
– Whenever possible, your pets should also be discouraged from disturbing local wildlife. Cat’s have natural hunting instincts that can upset neighbors that feed and enjoy having birds to watch. Dogs enjoy hunting ground animals and may bother neighbor’s pets.
– When you walk your pet use a leash and if he poops in a neighbor’s yard or near the water line, clean up after him/her.
– Do not put your dog in a situation that will result in constant barking. A barking dog can be heard a VERY long distance, bothering many neighbors.
– Your pet can be a welcome addition to the neighborhood with a little help and fore-thought on your part.
Maintain the Water Quality of Our Lake
– Limit the use of fertilizers and the runoff into the lake.
– If you feel you MUST use lawn fertilizer, always use a zero phosphorus fertilizer.
– Maintain an adequate septic system.
– Maintain boat motors to prevent pollution and avoid spilling gasoline or other harmful chemicals into our lake.
– Be especially cautious in and around reed beds. Not only do these beds provide essential shelter for our aquatic populations, they also provide needed water purification processes.
Promote Good fish Habitat
– Be sensitive to shoreline modifications. Remember that while you may not see the fish, they may very well be breeding in the area of your shoreline.
– Do not keep fish which appear to be in their breeding season, as you are likely to harm next year’s population.
Help Eliminate Exotics
– Eurasian Water Milfoil, Purple Loosestrife, Zebra Mussels, Earthworms (bad for our forests), Spiny Water Flea, Curlyleaf Pondweed, Rough fish, Eurasian Ruffe.
– Click Here for DNR Info on Harmful Species
Protect and Respect Wildlife
– The loons, ducks, birds and deer are neighbors also. In addition, nobody is capable of determining the ramifications of their disappearance or decimation, although their absence would have an undoubtedly negative impact.
Be a conscientious citizen
– Keep informed of the governmental legislation, regulations and ordinances that impact all of us. Most of these rules are for the protection of our natural surroundings or the population of an area. If you find yourself in disagreement with an ordinance or law, do not simply disobey it thinking that you are causing no harm. There are many people in the LHCA who will be happy to discuss the reasons for or against such legal standpoints, and laws can be repealed if they do not represent the interests of the citizens.
Don’t pollute your land or your lake!
– Dispose of household and yard waste responsibly. This includes pet waste, automotive chemicals (oil, gas, etc), fertilizers, and some household cleansing agents which may contain phosphorus or other harmful chemicals.
From the Minnesota Lakes Associations’ Page – Ten Best Management Practices For Lake Protection and Enjoyment
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.
2. Practice water conservation in the home.
Limit the use of antibacterial products.
Pump septic systems at least every three years, more often depending on use. Systems with garbage disposals should be pumped annually.
3. Practice good lawn maintenance.
Limit fertilizing. Use zero-phosphorus fertilizer unless a soil test indicates the need for phosphorus. Do not fertilizer within 50 feet of the lake.
Keep grass clippings, leaves and pet waste out of the lake.
Reduce or eliminate pesticide use on the lawn and garden.
4. Maintain or establish a shoreland buffer zone of natural vegetation. 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 shoreland.
5. Minimize the disturbance of aquatic plants as they help to stabilize shorelines, and they are critical as habitat for fish and other wildlife.
Slow shoreland runoff with gentle sloping and terraced landscaping.
6. Be a safe boater. Follow local boating regulations and safety rules and respect the rights of others.
7. Practice catch-and-release fishing.
8. Prevent the spread of exotics, such as eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels. Checking your boat before and after launching in the water; encourage others at the public access to do the same. Lake associations can organize monitoring teams to check for milfoil during the summer or organize access monitoring programs. (For assistance, call the DNR Eurasian Watermilfoil Program at 651-297-8021).
Participate in the Zebra Mussel Watch Program. Call the DNR at 651-296-2835 or Minnesota Sea Grant at 218-726-8106.
9. Work with local officials. Be part of the local water planning process; ensure that the county water plan contains protective and rehabilitative management efforts for lakes in your county.
Attend planning and zoning meetings or boards of adjustment to voice concern about development activity that does not meet local ordinances.
Get to know your county commissioners, share your concerns with them.
10. Become part of the local decision making process.
Support your local lake association and county coalition of lake associations (if organized).
Become part of the decision-making process for local land use ordinances—serve on the township board, soil and water conservation district board, water planning board, or other local government committees and appointed commissions.
Working together—at the local, county and state level—we can make a difference.