Love Your Lakes, Don’t Leaf Them

October 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

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It’s that time of year again: days are getting cooler and longer, pumpkins are getting fat, and leaves are changing color and falling.  My Fair Lakes is most concerned with that last aspect of the autumn season; they have launched a “Love Your Lakes, Don’t Leaf Them” campaign to spread the word that leaf management around this time is extremely important.

While you might not think about it, it’s a very fast journey for a leaf from your lawn into the lakes.  All it takes is some wind and rain to move a leaves down into the lakes.  Even the crushed up leaf residue creates a perfect source of nutrients for algae in the lakes.  It’s important to do all you can to reduce the nutrients provided to that create the algal blooms that have plagued the Madison watershed in recent years.

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My Fair Lakes is asking that each Madison resident take the time to make sure they clean their yard and street.  If everyone contributes it shouldn’t take too much extra effort and the benefits far outweigh the extra time.  There are also great uses for the leaves you collect.  Just as they are fantastic nutrients for the algae, try composting them to create a very nutrient rich fertilizer for your yard or garden.

There is a brochure that provides some tips to keep your leaves from making it to the lakes in between cleaning and pick-up.  They suggest wetting the leaves down or putting a tarp over them to keep them stationary.  If there isn’t much room between your sidewalk and curb, load them into garbage bags for pick up, just make sure there are only leaves in the bags and they are open at the top to allow for easy emptying.

Madison lakes provide so much to the community that we often take for granted.  There’s swimming, boating, and water-skiing, not to mention all the beautiful views and animals that are affected by what we put in to the lakes.  Let’s make sure to lessen our impact this fall and responsibly clean up the potential hazards.  More information on the My Fair Lakes “Love Your Lakes, Don’t Leaf Them” can be found here.

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