How Can I Help The Lake?
Do Your Part To Maintain The Quality Of The Lake
Often we at the Lake Spokane Association are asked “how can I help improve the lake?” While there are literally thousands of ways each of us can make an impact, we would like to highlight a few that are of the utmost importance.
Stewardship starts with how you think of the lake. Every piece of trash is important, so even if you didn’t throw it out, don’t hesitate to pick it up. This little effort, coupled with some upcoming clean-up days, will improve the beauty, safety, and health of the water. Many of us enjoy the various boat launches, such as the Nine Mile Resort or DNR launch. These are high use and high density areas, so if we move off a mile or two down the lake and spread out, we each get our own private piece of water with plenty of space for tubing, surfing, skiing, or wake boarding safely. Anglers have a great opportunity to help keep an eye on our shorelines for debris or dangerous obstacles. When something unsafe is seen, just let the LSA know, and we will do our best to manage the issue.
Along the same lines, if you are a property owner, there are options available to you for improving the lake that lured you to our area. Weed control by chemical treatment and/or bottom barrier treatment are responsible for reducing the volume of noxious weeds, making boating channels wider and safer for users. Yard management can be a big improvement on algae blooms mid-summer. Your yard will be as green as ever if you switch to a phosphorus-free fertilizer, as established lawns don’t benefit from phosphorus. Lawn clippings are also a contributor to algal blooms during the late summer and fall, so please, no dumping in the lake.
These small steps, by each of us, can add up to a major impact in improving the water quality, usability, and enjoyment of Lake Spokane. If you have questions or ideas for improvement of the lake, please get in touch with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.