- Help to reduce runoff into local streams by capturing and reusing rainwater (e.g. with rain barrels), and by reducing impervious surfaces (asphalt and cement) in your community and on your property.
- Dispose of household chemicals such as motor oil, paint, herbicides, pesticides and cleaning products, as well as un-used pharmaceuticals, at the appropriate disposal facilities.
- Use Best Management Practices to control runoff from croplands and livestock enclosures, and do not store animal waste near ditches or streams.
- Do not let animals enter or reside in ditches, streams, wetlands or riparian zones.
- Never introduce fish, amphibians or any other plants or animals into lake, wetland, or riparian ecosystems from pet stores, other geographical regions, or even other regional waterbodies.
- When fishing in Elk/Beaver Lake, remove or compost non-native fish such as yellow perch, largemouth bass and common carp instead of throwing them back.
- Remove invasive plants from your property
- Volunteer for invasive plant removal efforts in your community.
- When boating, canoeing or kayaking on Elk/Beaver Lake, commit to Clean Drain Dry before you move your boat and/or equipment from the waterbody.
1. CLEAN off all plant parts, animals and mud from boat and equipment (e.g. boots, waders, fishing gear).
2. DRAIN onto land all items that can hold water (e.g. buckets, wells, bilge and ballast).
3. DRY all items completely before launching into another body of water.
Spread awareness of good watershed stewardship among your friends and family!