WI Healthy Lakes

Wisconsin Healthy Lakes

A Wisconsin Lakes Partnership initiative to improve the habitat and natural beauty of our lakes and rivers

Five simple and inexpensive best practices that improve habitat and water quality

1 Fish sticks

Create fish and wildlife habitat.
Fish sticks are feeding, breeding, and nesting areas for all sorts of critters – from fish to song birds. They can also prevent bank erosion – protecting lakeshore properties and your lake.

2 Native plantings

Improve wildlife habitat, natural beauty and privacy, and slow runoff.
Native plantings include grasses and wildflowers with shrubs and trees. Choose a template from bird/butterfly habitat to a low-growing garden showcasing your lake view.

3 Diversion

Prevent runoff from getting into your lake.
Diversion practices redirect water to areas where it can soak into the ground, avoiding runoff into the lake. Depending on your property, multiple diversions may be necessary.

4 Rock infiltration

Capture and clean runoff.
This practice of using rock infiltration works well along roof drip lines and driveways to filter itself. It works best for sandy or loamy soil.

5 Rain garden

Create wildlife habitat and natural beauty while capturing and cleaning runoff.
Rain gardens multi-task - they improve habitat and filter runoff while providing a naturally beautiful view.