Minimize the Size of Grass Lawns

Grass lawns threaten Lake George because they replace a beneficial shoreline buffer and require maintenance and do not adequately manage stormwater.

Key Messages:

1. Expansive grass lawns threaten the water quality of Lake George.
2. A typical grass lawn infiltrates significantly less stormwater runoff from rainfall than does a natural forest.
3. Large lawns that extend to the lakefront create a condition that allows excessive nutrients and stormwater runoff from the developed sites and uplands to enter the lake.
4. Lawn size should be minimized and include trees, rain gardens and buffers along the lakefront and streams.
5. The use of large amounts of fertilizers and pesticides as a regular part of lawn care maintenance degrades the water quality of Lake George.

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