Improving the recreational suitability and lake life for everyone starts right at your shoreline. Shorelines provide pollutants a direct path to easily enter the lake. ‘Lakescaping’, or shoreline restoration, can create a natural buffer that is both beautiful as well as beneficial to slowing and eliminating the amount of runoff entering the lake. The East Polk SWCD works with Prairie Restorations Inc. for shoreline restorations and cost-share may be available for qualified projects.
Other ways to prevent runoff from entering the lake are rain barrels or rain gardens. Rain barrels can be used to collect the rainwater from gutters which can then be used to water your plants or garden (See the Education Page). Rain gardens are placed in naturally low areas of the yard and are used to catch and store the water thus eliminating runoff to the lake.