Septic Tanks should be pumped regularly. Septic tanks and fields should be inspected every 1- 3 years. High water levels will compromise lower lying tanks and fields. There should be a minimum of 4 ft below drain fields to the top of the water table. If not working properly septic systems can leach nutrients and sewage into the lake.
"The primary purpose of a buffer (greenbelt) at the shoreline is to protect the property from erosion. Erosion may result in loss of shoreline property and increased sediment in the water – leading to poor water quality." Native plants have the added benefit of being easy to maintain and they support avariety of wildlife including turtles, fish, birds and pollinators.
"Pump lake water into your irrigation system to irrigate and “fertilize” your lawn and landscape plants instead of applying chemicals. The lake water will naturally contain nitrogen and phosphates for your plants and lawn ...". If you are still considering using fertilizers, "find out more" first.
Never let soaps, cleaners or chemicals of any kind drain into the lake. Take care filling gas tanks. Don't rake leaves into the water, they add nutrients that negatively affect water quality.
The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program provides recognition for lakefront property owners who are protecting inland lakes through best management practices on their property
"Introduction to Lakes Online" is an online course offered by MSU extension that is designed for concerned citizens, decision makers, local leaders, resource professionals, and lakefront property owners interested in gaining knowledge about inland lakes.
Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association