5. ALLOW NATIVE AQUATIC PLANTS AND FALLEN WOOD TO REMAIN IN THE LAKE

Action step five is another simple, no cost, effective way to better the health of our lake:  allow native aquatic plants and fallen wood/trees to remain in the lake. Tree roots and the natural grasses/flowers preserve the shoreline by holding it in place, ultimately slowing down or preventing erosion. Leaving trees along your shoreline also provides the added benefit of privacy.  Lastly, aquatic plants and wood, like fallen trees or branches, should remain in the lake. Below the water, this wood acts as feeding, breeding, and nesting areas for all sorts of critters – from fish to song birds.  Above the water, ducks, geese, turtles and other creatures use the wood to sun themselves.

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