Reducing Pollution - What You Can Do

Water running off of lawns, yards, parking lots, roads, etc., can carry harmful pollutants into the pond.  You can reduce pollution by taking many simple steps in around your house!  Consult the NH Dept. of Environmental Services' NH Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management for ideas in addition to what is shown below.

What you can do:

  1. Maintain as much natural vegetation as possible to absorb rainwater and pollutants before they get into the lake.  
  2. Reduce or eliminate the use of fertilizers and pesticides.  NO fertilizers or pesticides can be used within 25 feet of the shoreline.  Only slow-release fertilizers are allowed to be used between 25-250 feet of the shoreline. (see New Hampshire Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act).
  3. When exposing soil for a new garden or construction, take steps to control erosion using hay bales and silt fences.
  4. Avoid constructing culverts or ditches that send stormwater straight into the lake.  Construct a basin to catch the water and filter out pollutants (see Stormwater Control structures).
  5. Reduce water running off your property by installing rain barrels or rain gardens to catch roof runoff.  
  6. Make sure any vehicles are not leaking oil or other fluids.
  7. It is not legal to dispose of oil by dumping it on the ground, as it seeps into the groundwater and contaminates it; this groundwater then travels into the lake, carrying the pollutants with it. Bring excess motor oil to a auto repair facility for recycling.
  8. Reduce imprevious surfaces, such as paved walkways, patios and driveways, as much as possible.
  9. Maintain your septic system!  Have it inspected yearly, and pump it out whenever necessary.  Don't put toxic chemicals down the drain, they will harm your septic system.
  10. Pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly, in trash, toilet or by burying it at least 5" deep.
  11. Learn about the New Hampshire Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act.

The New Hampshire Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act exists to prevent pollution in lakes, ponds and rivers.  The following link explains how it works, what is allowed and what is not permitted:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the New Hampshire Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act



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