Clean Lake Pledge
Take The Clean Lake Pledge
The Clean Lake Pledge is an opportunity for us to communicate with anyone in the Lake Lanier Watershed about best practices for protecting water quality. Together we are able to make wise choices to preserve and protect Lake Lanier. Those who take the pledge can receive a sign to show their support and commitment to adhering to the recommended practices. The small sign can be placed by the mailbox or other location around their home. This simple practice lets friends and neighbors know that you are doing your part in protecting Lake Lanier. Take the pledge and submit the form below. You will be contacted about receiving a sign for posting.
- Know when to fertilize and only apply the correct amount for your yard and soil needs. Starve the Algae.
- Keep the COE buffer undisturbed on property.
- Always use a silt fence when completing ground disturbing activities.
- Do not rake leaves, grass clippings and debris into the lake. Dispose of leaves and similar waste via compost.
- Service septic system/pump every 4 years and inspected as needed.
- Prevent erosion and contamination. Slow the flow into the lake by creating rain gardens or use rock check dams.
- Reduce the fertilizers, pesticides and water needed by planting natives.
- Do not use detergents containing ammonia, sodium hypochlorite, chlorinated solvents, petroleum distillates or lye.
- Use phosphate-free, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaners. Though much less harmful, these cleaners should be used only on land when possible.
- Do not acid wash your boat from dock. Acid wash is harmful to aquatic life and not safe for uncontained areas.
- Follow safe fueling practices.
- Check your bilge water to insure you’re not dumping gas or oil into the lake.
- Make sure floats are secured to your dock and any damaged or old floats are removed from the lake.
- If you purchase a new dock, the old dock must be sold to another dock permit holder and documented. Trash docks must be removed from the lake.
- Check marine toilets to ensure no spillage goes into the lake.
- Keep trash off the lake! Practice “packin-packout” principals in and around lake. There are no trash cans or garbage removal from the islands and shoreline. Keeping them clean is all our responsibility.
- Do not feed ducks and geese.
- Properly maintain boat engines to prevent oil and gas spills.
- Watch your wake! Boat operators are responsible for damage to docks, other vessels and shoreline. Remember the 100ft rule for best practice.