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Shoreland homes and cabins are extremely popular on our lakes and rivers. They're great places for rest and relaxation with family, friends or for retirement. Protecting the quality of our lakes and rivers is a responsibility that comes with lake home and cabin ownership The Better Living on Our Lakes and Rivers DVD set has value for any lake or river shoreline property owner, from a new cabin owner to the long-time resident.
Nine short videos describe how you can protect that investment:
Introduces best management practices that shoreland owners can use to protect the water quality in a lake or river, including shoreline filter strips, proper septic maintenance, and appropriate lawn care practices. (15:20)
Reviews benefits of shoreland vegetation and provides information on re-establishing vegetative strips along shorelines. (16:49)
Outlines why natural shorelines help protect water quality and wildlife habitat, and introduces how shoreland property owners can restore natural functions to their shorelines. (15:30)
Covers reasons why erosion occurs and shows several different techniques for stabilizing shorelines. (18:25)
Illustrates the steps boaters, sailors, and personal watercraft users can take to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals. (11:09)
Illustrates the importance of land use and land management along rivers and within a watershed, with a focus on responsible land use decisions and protecting natural vegetation along rivers. (22:00)
Highlights the importance of properly installed and maintained culverts. (20:09)
Describes the basics of septic systems, including system features, safety, use, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. (23:32)
Stresses the economic savings, improved wastewater treatement, and reduction in chemical use that result from conservation. (21:45)
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