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The Office of the Water Resources Commissioner's Public Works team, with support from the Board of Public Works under Public Act 185 of 1957, is one avenue available to help local communities with lake management and improvement projects. These types of projects work to manage aquatic plants, improving the health of the lake and providing a place for all to enjoy.
Invasive plants that are not native to Michigan can grow rapidly out of control, choking out other plants and organisms and reducing recreational options in the lake.
Some invasive species that lake management projects work to control are Curly Pondweed, Eurasian Watermilfoil, and Starry Stonewort.
If you spot an invasive species on the Michigan Watch List, report it to the State of Michigan at: https://www.michigan.gov/invasives/0,5664,7-324-68002_74282-368761--,00.html
Lake management projects are not funded by Washtenaw County general fund taxes. Each lake management project is supported by a special assessment that covers the cost of evaluating and managing the lake. Property owners in the area surrounding the lake receive a special assessment on their winter tax bill to cover the cost of the lake management activities. In this way, everyone who benefits from the lake improvement project helps to cover for the associated costs.
There are many ways you can actively protect your shoreline and maintain the recreational opportunities of the lake. Small changes have big results! Protect your lake by becoming a Shoreland Steward. The Michigan Shoreland Steward Program recognizes homeowners who protect inland lakes through best management practices on their own property.
Take the RiverSafe Homes survey to learn about water quality protection and pollution prevention activities you can do to protect the waters near your home.
Reach out to us to schedule a consultation at your home. Our certified staff can help you create a plan to protect your lake and preserve the natural beauty surrounding your home. Contact a Water Resources staff member to schedule a time to visit your property.
Remember to clean, drain and dry your watercraft before moving to another body of water.