How can I protect lakes?

Lakes are vital sources of water, recreation, and diverse ecosystems full of life. They are also subjects of scientific study that undergo constant management and conservation. It’s easy to forget how much work it takes to keep these lakes protected and preserved. As we celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month, let’s explore lake conservation and the role it plays in sustaining life!

Lakes face many threats to their health and vitality. Climate change causes rising water temperatures, altered precipitation, and atypical weather patterns. Invasive species can outcompete native species, disrupt the ecological balance, and degrade water quality. Irresponsible human activities at lakes can lead to litter, pollution, and disrupted wildlife. These factors all upset the delicate ecosystems of our lakes and can lead to more problems such as harmful algae blooms.

But a few simple actions can help reduce these threats and contribute to lake conservation.
Education and awareness are also powerful tools in promoting lake conservation.
  • Contain the spread of invasive species with proper equipment cleaning and responsible boating and fishing practices.
  • Prevent pollution by properly disposing of trash, recycling, and minimizing the use of single-use plastics.
  • Reduce nutrient runoff into lakes by using eco-friendly fertilizers and pesticides on lawns.
  • Support local lake management initiatives and participate in community efforts like native plant restoration.
  • Learn about the unique characteristics of your local lake, its ecosystems, and the threats it faces.
  • Stay informed about local lake management regulations, policies, and initiatives.
  • Support organizations and groups working towards lake protection and restoration.
  • Spread the word about the importance of lake conservation to friends, family, and community members.
Lakes Appreciation Month reminds us of the power we possess to make a positive difference. By embracing responsible stewardship and conservation practices, we can ensure the longevity and health of our lakes for generations to come.