Lake development - key concepts
• All lakes experience a decline in water quality over time, normally over thousands of years when lakes are in a natural state.
• Land clearing and building development can accelerate the rate of decline in water quality to a few decades.
• A lake’s water quality is directly affected by the land surrounding it -- the watershed.
• Natural ground cover and uncompacted soils allow water to filter into the ground and keep soil and pollutants from washing into lakes.
BOTTOM LINE: MINIMAL LAND DISTURBANCE = BETTER WATER QUALITY & BETTER HABITAT.
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