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Brown Water, Green Weeds (Familiar Signs of Nonpoint Source Pollution)
When water from melting snow or rainfall flows across farm fields and city streets it washes oil particles, pesticides, pet wastes, oil and other toxic materials into lakes and streams and becomes "Nonpoint Source Pollution."

Garden Designs for Homeowners 3rd Edition
Attractive, low cost landscape techniques that protect the quality of Michigan’s lakes and streams.

Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore & Protect Our Waters
This handbook describes processes and tools used to quantify existing pollutant loads, develop estimates of load reductions needed to meet water quality criteria, and identify the management measures appropriate for achieving the needed load reductions.

Homeowners Guide to Septic Systems
Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? This guide will help you care for your septic system. It will help you understand how your system works and what steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure your system will work properly.

Lakescaping for Property Owners
Lakescaping, or alternative shoreline landscaping, strives to protect or restore shoreline areas to protect this zone that is so important to lake ecology.

Michigan DEQ - Nonpoint Source Best Management Practices Manual

Natural Shorelines for Inland Lakes
By using a softshore approach to landscaping your waterfront property, you can help preserve the very things that likely attracted you to lakefront living in the first place – clean water, abundant wildlife, good fishing and access to recreation.

Score Your Shore
A Citizen Shoreline Description Survey supplied by the Minnesota DNR.

Shoreline Landscape Maintenance Brochure
Shoreline lawn maintenance tips from Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council shares reasons why Stormwater Matters

This page last updated on 12/9/2014.

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