The 2012 Progress Report of the Milfoil Solutions Program in Hackert Lake
Click on the above link for the complete report from EnviroScience, Inc.
10 Ways to Protect Our Lake
1. Don't use lawn fertilizer that contains phosphorus.
2. Use the minimum amount of fertilizer recommended on the label—more is not necessarily better!
3. Water the lawn sparingly to avoid washing nutrients and sediments into the lake.
4. Don't feed ducks and geese near the lake. Waterfowl droppings are high in nutrients and may cause swimmer's itch.
5. Don't burn leaves and grass clippings near the shoreline. Nutrients concentrate in the ash and can easily wash into the lake.
6. Do not mow to the water's edge. Instead, allow a strip of natural vegetation (i.e., a greenbelt) to become established along
your waterfront. A greenbelt will trap pollutants, provide wildlife habitat, and discourage nuisance geese from frequenting
7. Infiltrate drainage from your downspouts rather than letting it flow overland to the lake (i.e. construct a rain garden).
8. Don't dump anything in area wetlands. Wetlands are nature's natural purifiers.
9. If you have a septic system, have your septic tank pumped every 2 to 3 years.
10. Don't be complacent—our collective actions will make or break the lake!
Click on the link above to learn about our lake rules.