Living by a lake comes with buckets of fun AND a splash of responsibility. If you live by a lake, there are several things you can do (and avoid doing) to keep your lake clean, happy, and healthy for everyone. For more information about our Shore Stewards program, contact Don McMoran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Algae blooms are the biggest threat to Skagit County Lakes. Algae blooms can…
- Be toxic to people and pets.
- Harm fish and wildlife.
- Lower property values.
Algae blooms happen when there are too many nutrients in the water, particularly phosphorus. Skagit soils already have high levels of phosphorus, but extra sources of nutrients can make algae blooms worse. These extra nutrients can come from…
- Fertilizer used in lawns and gardens.
- Pet waste.
- Septic systems.
You can help keep your lake clean in relatively simple ways. Some of these practices will even save you money!