HOW YOU CAN HELP PROTECT THE COPAKE LAKE WATERSHED

​Lakeside homeowners, dock and marina users, and anyone within the watershed (the area from which water flows into the lake) all impact the quality of Copake Lake. YOU can help to protect Copake Lake by preserving or mimicking as many natural processes in the watershed as possible, so that nature can accomplish its water purification task.

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​FOLLOW THESE BEST PRACTICES TO PROTECT THE SHORELINE

  • ​Leave natural buffer strips of trees and other vegetation along the lakeside edge of your property. Tree roots help to keep the shoreline intact.
  • ​Set your lawn mower to leave grass two to three inches long.
  • ​Avoid disturbing natural soil by extensive site clearing, paving, etc.
  • ​Direct surface run-off into natural depressions where water can slowly seep into the ground.
  • ​Minimize the use of harmful chemicals. If you must fertilize, do a soil test and follow recommendations. When fertilizer is indicated use phosphorus-free products.
  • ​Do not throw any organic material, including leaves, grass clippings, food or potting soil into lake.
  • ​Do not empty fish aquariums into the lake. They are a possible source of invasive species, both plant and animal.
  • ​Construction near the lake needs a barrier fence and hay bales to prevent run-off into the lake.
  • ​Maintain Your Septic System!
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