Lake-friendly living isn’t just for those who live along the lake shores of Upper Saranac Lake. Everyone in the watershed is making decisions on a daily basis that can affect the water quality of the lake. From deciding whether or not to fertilize your lawn, pave your driveway, or what vegetation to cut, there are many different ways to live lake-friendly. Living lake-friendly isn’t about giving up anything – it is about finding out what works for you. It is about educating yourself so that your decisions and actions will help protect Upper Saranac Lake for years to come.

10 Things You Can Do This Spring to Protect Upper Saranac Lake

  1. Have your septic tank inspected and pumped out. Record it and make a note to pump out within the next 3 years
  2. Install vegetative buffers on your property. Proper landscaping can screen out boat noise, provide habitat for animals, prevent erosion, slow runoff and remove pollutants
  3. Pick up after your pet. Pet waste can contain harmful bacteria.
  4. Refrain from fertilizing your lawn. Grass clippings act as mulch, providing your lawn with the nutrients it needs. If you feel the need to fertilize, use phosphorus –free lawn fertilizer
  5. Control Soil erosion. Soil erosion can be prevented by covering exposed soil with vegetation or mulch. Keep roof drains, sump pump drains, and other surface water runoff from running directly into the lake.
  6. Think before you flush. Do not dispose of household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets. Properly dispose of paints, chemicals, cleaners, gasoline, oil or other toxic materials that could kill the good bacteria in your system
  7.  Inspect your boat’s engine for any gas or oil leaks.
  8. Use water efficiently. The less water you use, the less water that enters yourseptic system and the lake. This helps your septic system operate properly andreduces stress and the risk of a failure on your system. Avoid frequent use of agarbage disposal. Run dish washers and washing machines only when full
  9. Report suspected Milfoil sightings and any environmental concerns to the Lake Manager
  10. Tell a friend. Share this list with friends and neighbors. Encourage them to try these tips


Bonus: Remember to renew your membership to the USLA and consider a donation to the USLF Milfoil fund.


Guy Middleton
Lake Manager
518 796-1052
Photo © Al Crispo