Water quality is primarily dependent on what happens on the land around the lake and within its watershed, the area of land that drains into a particular water body. What you and your neighbors do – or don’t do- on your shore land property can have a significant impact on the quality of the lake.…

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Lakeshore Restoration is the establishment of a shore land buffer of native grasses, forbs (wildflowers), shrubs, trees and aquatics. Plants in shore land buffers are effective at: soil stabilization via extensive root systems, absorption of nutrients, filtration of pollutants, oxygen production, stabilization of sediments in the water, reduction of shoreline erosion, and providing wildlife habitat.…

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What’s a Rain Garden? A “Rain Garden” is simply a shallow depression in your yard that’s planted with native wetland or wet prairie wildflowers and grasses. Why plant a Rain Garden? The Rain Garden is one of the most popular new perennial garden designs for three reasons 1. Rain Gardens make good use of rainwater…

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The Douglas County Sheriff is responsible for the safety and regulations concerning our county’s waterways. He appoints special water patrol deputies to do this. They promote safe boating, answer boat distress calls, investigate boating complaints and crashes. They also conduct boating and water safety education and are available to give water safely educational talks and…

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