Lakefront Best Practices

Lakefront Best Practices

Photo by Zac Staffiere

How to Keep the Lakes Clean

Property owners on the water or near wetlands have a special responsibility to protect the ecosystem. On this page you will find valuable resources like this brochure and this tutorial on eutrophication, and this guide from Candlewood Lake, and the infographic and the notes from conservationist Michael Nadeau below for managing your waterline, from septic care to buffer zones. Here is another resource looking at the importance of frogs as a kind of canary in the coal mine for the ecosystem. The New York Times details some of the problems with algae blooms that result at least partly from poor septic systems near the water. Here is a report from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station on invasive weeds including the new strain of hydrilla (page 13) recently found near the marina. 

Plant a buffer along the shoreline to keep nutrients that promote harmful weed growth from reaching the lake. If you do nothing else, make certain you are NOT treating your lawn with anything that contains phosphorous. Here are more detailed guidelines: