LeSueur County Soil and Water District has received a $400,000 grant from the State of Minnesota for Phosphorous Reduction projects around the Jefferson German Lakes chain. These projects will have measurable improvements in water quality. To see the details of the project, go to the following link - http://jgla.camp7.org/resources/Presenntations/November_2017_JGLA_Fall_Mtg.pptx
The Greater Jefferson-German Lakes Association has committed $12,000 of the $100,000 match required of stakeholders for the projects. The remaining match dollars will come from the landowners, developers and other involved parties.
The Greater Jefferson-German Lakes Association is hosting a fundraiser called “Summer Splash” on June 9, at Beaver Dam Resort. The proceeds from the events that day will go towards the Association’s $12,000 commitment to the match.
Your help in this effort, through the purchase of a ticket for the band/dinner, raffle tickets or participation in any of our events will help us all reach this goal, and the bigger goal of projects that will clean our lakes.
Thank you from the 2017-18 Board
The mission and purpose of the Association is to promote and coordinate water management, water quality, and water control in the Jefferson-German Lakes water basin, further communication between members of the Association and other parties interested in the Jefferson-German Lakes water basin, and do all other things of common interest and benefit with regard to water management, water quality, and water control regarding the Jefferson-German Lakes water basin.
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"Perfect" lawns are not perfect for your lake - try natural landscaping.
"Perfect" smooth green lawns require frequent mowing, watering, fertilizers and pesticides. When it rains, fertilizers and pesticides can run off into your lake and harm its quality. Consider decreasing the size of your lakeside lawn by planting native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs to provide lakeshore wildlife habitat, stabilize shorelines, and reduce the need for irrigation, pesticides and fertilizers. Learn more about natural landscaping at the Homeowners - GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard web site,
Lighten up on lawn chemicals, for your lake's sake.
Fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers we apply on our lawns can wash into our lakes when it rains. Nutrients in fertilizers can lead to algae blooms and lower oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals; pesticides and weed killers can be toxic to people, pets, beneficial insects, fish and wildlife. Protect your lake by minimizing or eliminating use of fertilizers and other yard chemicals. Learn more about environmentally beneficial landscaping at GreenScapes: Environmentally Beneficial Landscaping - Save Time and Money and Have a Greener, Healthier Yard! (PDF) (29 pp, 1.6MB) and Six Easy Steps to a Safe and Healty Lawn for Kids and Pets Web site
Natural lakeshores are picture perfect.
Studies show that most of us come to lakes simply to enjoy their natural beauty. Natural lakeshores are beautiful; they also contribute to improved water quality, which can help increase the value of lakefront property. Keep your lake "picture perfect" by protecting its natural shoreline. Learn more about the economic value of high quality lakes at the Bureau of Land & Water Quality Web site
Get involved! Protect your lake's natural shoreline.
Begin by being an example to others and ensure that your lakeshore property is as lake friendly as it can be. Educate your neighbors and friends about natural landscaping, native plants, living shorelines, and the importance of lakeshore buffers in protecting the quality of your lake. Get involved with your local lake association or visit the EPA's Adopt Your Watershed Web site to find a volunteer group near you that is involved in protecting lakes and their watersheds.
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