Funding & Administration FAQs
Frequently asked questions about funding and administering a Healthy Lakes project.
There may be alternative (i.e. non-Healthy Lakes Grant) funding available through your county’s land and water conservation department.
- Water quality, habitat, and natural beauty protection or improvement potential
- Public access and public use of the lake
- Complimentary management efforts and partners
- Likelihood of a successful project, including level of property owner commitment, neighbors participating together, diversity and appropriateness of best practices, costs, and ability to measure success
- Property owners participating in Fish Sticks projects must commit to leaving a 350 ft2 no-mow zone or installing a 350 ft2 native planting if their property’s shoreland vegetation protection area (i.e. buffer) does not comply with the local shoreland zoning ordinance.
- 350 ft2 native plantings must be planted at least 10 feet wide either perpendicular or parallel to shore, in a contiguous area rather than patches, and watering will be required.
- Only one 350 ft2 native planting may be installed per property per year.
Please note, Healthy Lakes grant funding is not available for regulatory compliance purposes, including shoreland mitigation projects.
Science of Healthy Lakes
The science of lake management has advanced significantly over the last few decades. We better understand natural science – how lakes function and the importance of shorelands to lake health, as well as the social science – how people and their attitudes and behaviors affect lakes.