Do you love the lake, but also want a lush lawn? We're looking for volunteers to take the Lake-Friendly Lawn Pledge this fall! Sign up below to take the pledge, and share your interest in a sign for your yard encouraging others to do the same! 


For tips on leaf disposal and runoff control, see below.


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  1. MULCH THEM: Quick, easy & free fertilizer! These small fragments will disappear in just a few weeks.

  2. RAKE THEM: Make sure to keep them on the terrace and away from the sewers so rainwater doesn't wash them away.

  3. COMPOST THEM: Leaves make a great addition to any compost to then be used as nutrients for your soil. If you don't have a way to compost, don't worry! We're partnering with Avrom Farm to host leaf drop-off events (details below) where you can drop your leaves off for them to repurpose as fertilizer for their farm.

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  1. BURN THEM: Burning leaves can lead to air pollution, releasing chemicals that contribute to the problems surrounding climate change. Climate change leads to more frequent, intense rainstorms, which leads to more runoff to the lake.

  2. RAKE THEM INTO THE LAKE: By raking or blowing leaves directly into the lake, you're adding phosphorus to the lake itself. Since one pound of phosphorus can lead to 500 pounds of weed and algae growth, keeping leaves out of the lake can go a long way to preventing additional weeds in Big Green Lake. 

  3. RAKE THEM INTO THE STREET: Leaves raked into the road can act like a brewing cup of phosphorous tea. Water that makes its way through those leaves carries weed fueling phosphorous that flows directly into the lake through storm drains.


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WHEN: November 6 & 13, 10 am - 2pm

WHERE: 106 Commercial Ave. Green Lake, WI

WHAT: We're partnering with Avrom Farm again this year to host two community leaf drop-off events. Drop off your leaves on Saturday, November 6, and Saturday, November 13, to prevent them from ending up in the lake, which helps protect Big Green by reducing its exposure to damaging phosphorus.

WHY: Leaves left in the road leach phosphorus that travels down storm drains and eventually ends up in Green Lake, where it fuels excess weed and algae growth, and hurts water quality.

Phosphorus is our lake’s number one threat to its water quality, so finding ways to reduce the flow of phosphorus to Green Lake through initiatives like proper leaf cleanup is important for the health of the lake we all love.

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WHEN: November 12, 2 - 4pm

WHERE: Meet at Town Square Community Center, 492 Hill Street, Green Lake 

WHAT: Help us clean up leaves clogging storm drains and curbs around Green Lake. 

WHAT TO BRING: Rakes, brooms, shovels, gloves, and warm layers


1. Reposition downspouts onto the grass.

Water collected off roofs can be slowed and absorbed into your lawn by repositioning downspouts away from driveways and toward grass. This helps prevent excess nutrients from washing into Green Lake.

2. Eliminate bare soil spots in your yard.

Soil particles that wash into the lake contain weed and algae fueling phosphorous. By planting grass or native plants, your yard will slow the flow of runoff into our waterways.

3. Don’t mow right down to the lakeshore.

Leaving a taller grass buffer strip at the edge of the shoreline helps slow pollutants from making their way into the water, and can help prevent geese from making your yard their favorite summer hangout spot.

4. Use rain barrels.

Rain barrels help capture and slow the amount of stormwater (and any pollution flowing with it) that is rushing to the lake during rainstorms.

5. Install a rain garden in your yard using native plants.

Rain gardens can slow water flowing off the landscape, encourage it to soak into the ground, and result in less runoff making its way to the lake during rainstorms.