HOW YOU CAN HELP PROTECT THE COPAKE LAKE WATERSHED
Lakeside homeowners, dock and marina users, and anyone within the watershed (the area from which water flows into the lake) all impact the quality of Copake Lake. YOU can help to protect Copake Lake by preserving or mimicking natural processes in the watershed, so that water flowing into the lake stays as clean as possible.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
FOLLOW THESE BEST RECOMMENDED “BEST PRACTICES” FROM THE COPAKE LAKE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
TAKE THIS BRIEF ONLINE SURVEY to help CLCS Preserve the Copake Lake Watershed for Today and for Future Generations. We are seeking information from property owners and lakefront users to help the Copake Lake Conservation Society (CLCS) better understand the effects of erosion and its impact on the Copake Lake community. Start Survey
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP PROTECT THE WATERSHED
FIVE PRINCIPLES TO FOLLOW (from the NYS-Department of Environmental Conservation)
- Imitate nature.
- Keep slopes gentle.
- Employ live, "soft armoring" whenever possible.
- Mix it up.
- Keep it small and simple. Read More
SANDY BEACHES ARE DESIRED BY MANY HOMEOWNERS BUT WILL HARM THE LAKE AND ITS WILDLIFE.
Consider leaving the majority of your shoreline natural as wildlife habitat and erosion control, rather than stripping the vegetation and adding sand. Read More
COMMUNITIES AROUND THE U.S. ARE WORKING TO RESTORE SHORELINES TO THEIR NATURAL FORM.
The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper website has published extensive resources for supporting Living Shorelines. Read more
DIET FOR A SMALL LAKE
Download this definitive publication as a PDF.
First image courtesy Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation