What is Lake Management & Protection?

Lake management and protection are terms that refer to actions taken to help a lake or river fulfill its designated uses. Some form of recreation is usually the main designated use for waterbodies in Polk County. The most common actions are to stop degradation by aquatic invasive species or to reverse decreased clarity.

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Lake enjoyment comes in many different forms, and each of us chooses among the myriad of options. Sometimes what is enjoyable to one person is not enjoyable to another. But most of us agree that our enjoyment decreases when a lake becomes infested with invasive species or clarity decreases significantly. Unfortunately, these 2 problems can slowly degrade a lake until the options for restoring a lake to the previous enjoyable state are limited. So the key is to become familiar with the characteristics of your lake, learn how your lake works, and then take some actions that will help your lake – that’s managing and protecting your lake!

Visit the topics listed to the right to explore learning opportunities and action steps that might be appropriate for your lake. Also view the video below on Minnesota Lakes at Risk which also applies to Wisconsin Lakes.