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  1. Choose a phosphorus-free fertilizer
    Nitrogen and phosphorus entering our waterways as a result of runoff pollution from fertilizers, create an overabundance of algae. Toxic algal blooms can poison fish, contaminate drinking water, and shut down beaches. Choose a phosphorus-free fertilizer
  1. Capture water runoff with a rain garden and rain barrels
     
  2. Inspect and pump your septic or sewage system. Owner of any parcel located within the Town of Carmel which relies upon a separate sewage disposal system/on-site sanitary system must have an inspection performed at a minimum frequency of once every five years  
    Town code Chapter 118 Sanitary Systems
     
  3. Lake Friendly Laundry Detergent
    THE BEST ECO-FRIENDLY LAUNDRY DETERGENTS OF 2020
     
  4. Watch your Laundry
    One load of laundry can release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibers into the water system, polluting our waterways and disrupting the food chain. These fibers are shed in the wash from clothing made from synthetic textiles like fleece, acrylic, nylon, and polyester. They’re too small to be filtered out by most wastewater treatment plants, so they end up in our rivers and lakes. To minimize shedding, wash synthetic clothes less frequently, and wash full loads in cold water with liquid—not powder—detergent. You can also install a Washing Machine Filter to capture the micro plastics released.
     
  5. Don’t feed the Waterfowl.
    People will often feed Canada geese or ducks at the lakeside. This not only causes a nuisance situation with birds begging for and stealing food, but also contributes significantly to water pollution in the form of fecal coliform bacteria and other disease.

    As a direct consequence of the concentration of this organic matter, water quality suffers from the excess nitrogen that subsequently runs off the land during the usual storm events. Too many nutrients in the water then leads to an overgrowth of algae, called an “algae bloom,” which blocks sunlight from entering the water and, thereby, adversely affects fish and other organisms in the aquatic environment.
     
  6. Aquatic Hitchhikers
    You can help prevent their spread of evasive species by rinsing and wiping down your boats, paddle boards, kayaks, and other watercraft after use. Be sure to remove all visible plant and animal species, and let the watercraft dry completely before setting out in a new body of water. Don’t forget that parts of the craft not exposed to the sun or proper air circulation—such as ballast and bait tanks, live wells, and bilge areas—will take extra time to dry.