Managing your property to improve water quality. Providing funding sources for improvements.

How to fund conservation projects

The SERP and Healthy Lakes Mini Grant  examples. 

Funding sources and rules change and the BLCA tries to keep track of the "How to". 

See also  County Grant information link  on right -->                                                 SWCD


Come to a Healthy Lakes meeting find others who have done these projects.

Reduce Chloride Pollution

You can help stop our lakes from getting saltier

When clearing winter walks

* Shovel early and often. The more snow and ice you remove, the less salt you’ll need.

* Sprinkle sparsely. Leave 3 inches between salt grains.

* Go lean. A coffee mug is adequate for a 20-foot driveway or 10 sidewalk squares.

* Use a tool. A handheld spreader can apply salt consistently.

* Wait for warmer weather. When ground temperatures are below 15 degrees, it’s too cold for ordinary sodium chloride to work.

* Use the right de-icer. Calcium chloride works at much lower temperatures than sodium chloride.

* Sweep up extra salt. If it is visible on dry pavement, it is not doing anything and will be washed into water bodies.

When considering, choosing, or using a water softener

* You might not need one. Find out the hardness of your water by consulting a professional, or using a hardness testing kit. If water is at an acceptable level, think twice about softening. The chloride standard for drinking water is 250 mg/l.

* Don’t over-soften. Check your unit’s settings. It may have been set at an unnecessarily high level at the factory.

* Soften only the water that needs it. Not to outside spigots or cold drinking water taps.

* Monitor your softener. If it uses more than one bag of salt per month, work with a water quality professional to optimize efficiency.

* Look into lower-salt methods. Pre-filters can be used to remove iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide without help from water softeners.

* Upgrade your softener. Look for demand-initiated versions that are more salt efficient, operate based on how much water you use, and can reduce salt use by up to 60 percent.

* Lengthen the cycle. If you have a timer-based system, see if you can extend the time between cycles.