Watershed Management


Watershed Management: What Every Riparian Should Know and Do

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This is the first of a two-part article about watershed management. The focus of this article is on riparian property owners and specific things waterfront property owners should know and do to protect lakes and… Read more


Michigan's Phosphorus Fertilizer Law

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Phosphorus is the nutrient that most often stimulates excessive growth of aquatic plants, leading to a variety of problems known collectively as eutrophication. Elevated phosphorus levels are causing… Read more


Shoreland Overlay Zoning

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In a recent nationwide assessment conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, loss of shoreland habitat was found to be the greatest stressor of the nation’s… Read more


10 Ways to Protect Your Lake

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1. Don’t use lawn fertilizer that contains phosphorus.
2. If you use a professional lawn care service, insist upon a fertilizer that does not contain phosphorus. Use the minimum amount of fertilizer recommended… Read more


Low Impact Development: Concepts and Considerations

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In recent years, the federal government has placed a strong emphasis on the need for proper stormwater management. The focus on stormwater was prompted, in large part, by the recognition that improperly managed stormwater represents a major source… Read more


The Value of Natural Shorelines

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Riparian land owners are not the only ones who love lakeshore living. Natural shorelines provide critical habitat for fish and wildlife. Twenty-four species of… Read more


Keyhole or Anti-Funneling Ordinances

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Funnel or keyhole development occurs when a lakefront lot is used to provide lake access to a larger development located away from the lake. Funneling allows… Read more


Planning and Zoning at the Watershed Level: Lessons Learned

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There are a number of land use planning and zoning techniques that can be used to protect water quality, and watershed management plans often include a land use planning and zoning component. However, in Michigan, land use planning and zoning is largely… Read more