A Lake Manager’s Notebook: Citizens’ Roles in Managing Lakes

Dick Osgood, posted at Conservation Minnesota:

Most lake impairments are the result of widespread and hardwired changes to the landscape. BMPs, at best, provide minimal mitigation. In addition, many impaired lakes no longer are responsive to pollution reductions because the impairments are internalized.

Then, should we abandon these practices? No. We should urge their use in a larger management context, applying them strategically as part of a management plan that has clear expectations and outcomes.

The job of lake protection and restoration is difficult and it requires changing systems.