In the 1920s, there were only a few hundred small cottages on the lake and very few other homes in the watershed. By 2010, there were more than 1600 homes on the lake and more than 5,000 people living in the watershed.
Today, rain and melting snow (stormwater) are carrying many more pollutants and carcinogens from factories and incinerators far away.
Because there are more hard surfaces– homes, garages, pole buildings, paved roads and driveways, more stormwater is running off the land rather than soaking into the ground.
In addition, most homes are built with a perimeter drain to keep water away from the foundation. Traditionally, these drains have been piped away from the house. These pipes discharge into the nearest stream, the lake or a ditch along the road.
Instead of discharging directly into the ditch, stream or lake, redirect the pipe into a vegetated depression in your yard, called a rain garden. The water will filter into the ground and the pollutants will be trapped by the plant roots and soil.
Keeping our lake clean and clear.