YOUR Shoreline Cleanup: Best Practices

Spring Sunset over Copake Lake. Photo by Andrew Vaeth

From the Lake Management Committee:

  • Leave trees and shrubs along the shoreline. They protect against erosion.
  • Don’t throw any organic material, including leaves, grass clippings, food or potting soil into lake. As they break down they act as fertilizer for aquatic weeds.
  • Protect the emergent GOOD WEEDS at your shoreline. Learn to identify the difference between good and bad weeds. There are images on this website, and our current newsletter includes photographs identifying native aquatic plants to help our lake community learn to recognize both native and invasive species.
  • Rake up floating weeds and algae along the shoreline and around your dock. Place floating debris in bags and dispose of it away from the lake.