● Regularly bag, mulch, or compost leaves, lawn clippings, and organic waste to prevent them from releasing excess nutrients like phosphorus into nearby lakes and ponds.
● Create landscaping swales (natural filtering systems) around storm drains and impervious surfaces to help intercept nutrients and pollutants in stormwater runoff. Native flowering vegetation, pebble and river rocks serve as excellent filtration media when lined along walkways, driveways, and stormwater facilities.
● Improve lawn care and gardening practices by planting native vegetation around the perimeter of lakes and ponds. When allowed to grow into a natural buffer, these beneficial plants can also help decrease erosion and filter pollutants from stormwater runoff.
● Properly dispose of pet waste and deter geese from entering waterbodies. An adult Canada goose can produce up to two pounds of droppings each day, which may significantly increase nutrient levels in a short period of time.