Lake Steward Program Protects Water - Promotes Lake AssociationsPublished by admin on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 01:48
The Lake Steward Program is open to all MN Lake Associations that are current members of MLR.
If your Lake Association wants to participate in Lake Steward:
- Email Jeff Forester at email@example.com with the names of your Lake Steward Volunteers, the name of your lake and full color high resolution copy of your lake association logo (vector format (i.e., AI (Adobe Illustrator), EPS or a vector pdf)). He will email you boilerplate language you can use for an email to your members, the Lake Steward Criteria, and a Shoreline Restoration Resources list.
- Have your Lake Steward volunteers watch the training videos here:
- Copy and Paste the "Are You a Lake Steward" online quiz above into an email, distribute to your members, and urge them to take the quiz.
- Responses will be forwarded to your Lake Steward volunteers. Follow up with interested landowners quickly to schedule a site visit.
- Do a complete evaluation of the site based on the Lake Steward criteria (below). Measure the shoreline, take pictures, assess shoreline against the Lake Steward criteria. Share resources with landowners who want to take steps to improve their shoreline.
- After you have judged that a property owner is a Lake Steward, email Jeff Forester and ask him to order a sign. Include the name and address of where you want them mailed as well as the names of the property owners and the feet of shoreline of their property. Production and shipping should take no more than two weeks. We will invoice you later, after determining shipping costs. MLR is supporting the program by paying 50% of the cost of the first 100 Lake Steward signs awarded. Please do not pre-order signs or order signs from some other printer. The signs are copyrighted.
- Deliver the signs, document with photographs, and publicize the Lake Steward Program in local media, your newsletter etc.
Criteria Lakeshore must meet to be a MLR Lake Steward
- There must be a buffer zone of native plants along at least 75% of the lakeshore that is at least 25 ft (25-50 ft) deep from water’s edge landward. The other 25% of the lakeshore can be impervious such as beach, boathouse, deck.
- Excluding impervious such as house or driveway, the remainder of the property must have at least 50% native trees, shrubs and plants.
If there is riprap along shore, plants are allowed to grow in it.
For plants in the aquatic zone, only the smallest number/amount can be removed that will allow access to the water for swimming and boating.
No broadcast fertilizer or herbicides/pesticides, including no mosquito spraying, nor aquatic treatments for plants or invertebrates.
Septic system, if present, must be maintained according to best management practices, which usually includes pumping every 1-3 years depending on size of the system and number of people living at the property.
There must be no evidence of stormwater runoff into the lake.
Fire pits can be detrimental to the lake because the ashes are high in phosphorus. If there is a fire pit, it must be at least 25 ft (?50 ft) back from the water’s edge. Pet waste should be picked up from the same area, and piles of leaves, grass clippings, etc. not permitted near the water where they could wash into the lake.
Please allow fallen trees to remain in the water to provide habitat, unless they obstruct recreation access.
Docks and lifts, if stored onshore, should be stacked so that the impervious surface affects the least area of the shoreline zone.
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