The Torch Lake Protection Alliance is urging all riparian owners to practice effective shoreline management to protect the lake. Here are three ways you can help:
1) Find out if your shoreline practices are harmful for the lake. Take a brief survey at mishorelandstewards.org/rate.asp. (see link below)
2) Maintain a no-mow zone between your lawn and the lake. Let the grass grow high to filter pollutants or plant a buffer strip of native plants to keep unwanted nutrients out of the lake.
3) Instead of using chemical fertilizers, let your grass clippings fertilize naturally. Chemical fertilizers promote algae growth. If you irrigate your lawn with lake water, it already has all the nutrients your grass will need.
You can benefit from taking the survey by learning lake-friendly land practices to keep excess nutrients and toxins from reaching the water. Find out what you can do on your property to help improve both the bottom and waters of Torch Lake. TLPA urges you to take the survey today.