Lake communities, organizations can partner to protect lakes

Help is available from local governments and other sources to protect inland lakes from sediment and nutrient pollution, and degradation. It is important to find the right kind of partnership agreement for a community’s needs.

A community has several partnership options for organizing a lake management team— each option has advantages and disadvantages that must be weighed carefully to find the right fit. What works for one lake community may not be the best option for another. Michigan State University Extension wanted to highlight some of the management partnerships a community may use to implement a lake protection program, and provide a brief description for each.

To learn more about options for organizing a lake management team including the pros and cons for each partnership option, review or download the publication, “Lake Management in Michigan with a Lake Improvement Board” available on the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society website.

Additional information on this topic can also be found at the Michigan Lake and Stream Association website.

For more information on protecting inland lakes, see part 1 of this series, Bountiful inland lakes make Michigan a proverbial water wonderland, but they need protection.