Fish sticks installed in peaceful Wisconsin lake with pontoon boat in background FISH STICKS Create fish and wildlife habitat. Fish Sticks are feeding, breeding, and nesting areas for all sorts of critters – from fish to song birds. They can also prevent bank erosion – protecting lakeshore properties and your lake. LEARN MORE Fish sticks installed in peaceful Wisconsin lake with pontoon boat in background 350 FT2 NATIVE PLANTINGS Improve wildlife habitat, natural beauty, and privacy, and decrease runoff. Native Plantings include grasses and wildflowers with shrubs and trees. Choose an option based on your property and interests – from bird/butterfly habitat to a low-growing garden showcasing your lake view. LEARN MORE Fish sticks installed in peaceful Wisconsin lake with pontoon boat in background DIVERSION Prevent runoff from getting into your lake. Diversion Practices move water to areas where it can soak into the ground instead. Depending on your property, multiple diversions may be necessary. LEARN MORE Fish sticks installed in peaceful Wisconsin lake with pontoon boat in background ROCK INFILTRATION Capture and clean runoff. Rock Infiltration practices fit in nicely along roof drip lines and driveways and provide space for runoff to filter itself. They work best if your soil is sandy or loamy. LEARN MORE Fish sticks installed in peaceful Wisconsin lake with pontoon boat in background RAIN GARDEN Create wildlife habitat and natural beauty while capturing and cleaning runoff. Rain Gardens multi-task - they improve habitat and filter runoff while providing a naturally beautiful view. LEARN MORE
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Healthy Lakes & Rivers includes 5 simple and inexpensive best practices that improve habitat and water quality on your shoreland property. Check out the best practices, supporting technical guidance, and other information to install a project on your own. Alternatively, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has competitive Healthy Lakes & Rivers grants for eligible applicants like local units of government, qualified lake or river organizations, and others who can apply for funding on behalf of shoreland property owners.

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This Internet site is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin – Extension Lakes Program. The information presented on this site is subject to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Legal Notices, Privacy Notice, and Acceptable Use Policy.