Lake Management Plan
Establishing a clear and realistic plan for managing a lake is a powerful tool to help help protect natural resource systems, including the water quality of the lake and the associated fish, vegetative and wildlife communities.
What does a Lake Management Plan do?
- Identifies the concerns that the people feel are important to address
- Sets realistic goals, objectives and actions
- Identifies needed funds and other resources
- Serves as a working draft/living document
- A Vision is a realistic statement of what we want to be (or to achieve) which focuses attention, energy and efforts on our common values and resources
What is a general outline of a Lake Management Plan?
- Association history and background
- Regional resources and other entities
- Priority areas of interest
- Background info
- Pertinent resources or actions to date
- Areas of concern
- Community visioning session
- Realistic goals, objectives and action
- Action plan includes funds, resources and other needs
- Evaluation methods for Year One assessment, review, revise
The Plan ultimately should include:
- What information and support is available to you?
- What your priority issues or concerns are?
- What actions you have chosen to pursue?
- Who is responsible for implementation?
- The time-line for implementation?
- How you will measure success?
- Realistic budget that identifies local and outside sources of support?
Topics often include:
- Water quality
- Fisheries management plans
- Aquatic vegetation
- Exotic species
- Land use and zoning
- Managing water surface use conflicts
- Public water access