FACT SHEET
KEEPING OUR WATER

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TWIN & WALKER CREEKS WATERSHED CONSERVATORY
††† GENERAL MEETING
WALKER LAKE CLUBHOUSE
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Septic Systems
Shorelines
Car, Home & Yard

 

Problems

Slow draining & backups

Wet areas on ground

Bright green grass

Dense stand of plants on shoreline

Sewage Odors

Bacteria or nitrates in wells

Flow thru into lake

Tips

Limit water entering drains

Limit laundry

Use water savers on faucets

Repair leaks

Donít let clean water flow into system

Donít plant a garden or build over the mound or field

(Systems evaporate up)

Pump out every 2 years

Know locations

Review design records from previous owners

Keep these records yourself

No sink garbage disposals

No grease, fabric softeners, powdered detergents, phosphorous detergents, non-biodegradable paper, lint, strong cleaning agents, chemicals, old medicines, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, paper towels, special septic tank treatments††

No trees & shrubs, vehicles nearby

Keep drainage water away

Check zoning rules

Buffer Benefits

Little maintenance

Runoff filter

Bank stabilization

Noise screen

Natural look

Prevents erosion

Removes pollutants

Provides habitats

Buffer Characteristics

25í wide is recommended but 15 Ď is fine

Continuous

Use native plants

No chemicals

Unacceptable species

Box elder, Garlic mustard, Japanese & Tartarian honeysuckle,

Purple loosestrife, Reed canary grass, Common buckthorn, Multiflora rose

Common cattail is invasive

 

Check zoning rules

 

 

 

 

Control car liquids, animal wastes, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and plant seed

Maximize porous surfaces

Know about invasive species (Zebra mussels)

Test your soil to use minimum amounts of chemicals

Choose appropriate turf grasses

Mow high (3Ē) and leave the clippings

Compost and mulch

Establish a buffer along a lakeshore

Seed or plant bare soil

Donít burn along a lakeshore

(too high a nutrient level)

Keep ditches clean of leaf litter

Use salt sparingly or not at all

Direct downspouts away from driveways

into lawns

Keep pool chlorine out of the lake

Wash cars on a porous surface

Keep gasoline engines off lakes

Donít move boats or motors between lakes

Control your environment

Walk, bike when you can

Keep lead (bullets & batteries) out of soil

and water.

Recycle

Clean junk from yards and remove

Stop drips and leaks

Check zoning rules

Bother officials

Support best management principles

 

 

 

 

Source: Lake Notes, Pennsylvania Association Of Conservation

Districts, 1996