Shoreland Best Management Practices

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Vermont Lakeshore Management

Lake Wise practices apply to the land surrounding a lake that is within 250 feet of the lake's mean water level.

Managing Vermont lakeshores according to consistent practices will maintain property values, good water quality, good aquatic habitat, good fishing, swimming, boating, bird-watching and more favorite activities around and benefits of Vermont lakes. Using Best Management Practices ensures lakeshore conditions are met.

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Best Management Practices

Conserving Lakeshores - Ensuring Natural Conditions
Shoreland Vegetation Management Standards - Ensuring Natural Conditions
Resloping, Rock Toe & Rip Rap - Bank Stabilization
Live Staking - Bank Stabilization
Establishing No Mow Zones - Bank Stabilization
Planting and Maintaining Vegetated Areas
Planning Pathways - Minimizing Access Points
Infiltration Steps - Ensuring Clean Runoff
Rain Gardens - Ensuring Clean Runoff
Waterbars - Ensuring Clean Runoff
Vegetative Swales - Ensuring Clean Runoff
Vegetated Berms (not yet available) - Ensuring Clean Runoff
Lake-Friendly Yard Maintenance - Pet Waste, Yard, etc.
Crowned Driveways, Good Gravel & Rock or Grass
Lined Drainage Ditches (not yet available) - Proper Construction
Open Top Culverts & Rock Aprons - Controlling Runoff
Infiltration Trenches - Controlling Runoff
Turn-outs - Controlling Runoff
Pervious Pavement - Water Infiltration
Dripline Trenches- Controlling Runoff
Roof Top Downspout Disconnection and Drywells
Managing Invasive Plants
Establishing Natural Communities

Fact Sheets

Forming a Lake Association
Septic System Primer - The Basics, VT On-Site Regs
Ensuring Septic System Quality
Non Structural BMPs (not yet available) - living with natural landscape

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