What Can You Do

What you can do to prevent nutrients or noxious bacteria from entering the lake

  • Keep your septic system in good condition and pump it regularly. Participate in the GLCA pump-out program. Septic problems are significant contributors to nutrient and bacteria levels in the lake
    Require boats (including kayaks and paddleboards) and recreational equipment that have been in other waters to be thoroughly cleaned and dried – see boat cleaning. Invasive plants and animals (such as zebra mussels) can migrate from one body of water to another via boats, kayaks, paddleboards and equipment.
  • Don’t dispose of yard waste or leaves into the lake
  • Don’t use fertilizer on your lawns (to prevent run-off into the lake). Fertilizer run-off contributes to aggressive weed and algae growth
  • Don’t allow greywater discharge (such as generated by dishwashing and bathing) into the lake (not permitted per GLCA rules)
  • Don’t bath humans or animals with soap or detergent in the lake
  • Consider a shoreline vegetative border or no-mow area alongside the lake
  • Discourage waterfowl from shoreline property, docks and floats and don’t feed them.
  • Let your Grove Director know when a property is for sale. When sold, the town requires an inspection of the septic system to ensure compliance with applicable codes
  • Contact your Grove Director if you see water chestnuts, zebra mussel, or other invasive animals

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