Save the Lake Tips



  • Properly maintain your septic system, especially by pumping every few years.
  • Wash your car with non-phosphorus and biodegradable soap on your lawn rather than on your driveway so that excess water and detergents can soak into the grass.
  • Test your lawn and garden soil before fertilizing. Michigan Laws prohibit the use of phosphorus fertilizers.
  • Do not rake your yard waste, including leaves, into lake or canals. Leave grass clippings as mulch on your lawn. If you rake weeds, remove them from the lake.
  • Properly maintain your septic system, especially by pumping it out every few years.
  • Pick up and dispose of pet waste in the garbage.
  • Do not dump sewage from your boat or home directly into the Lake.
  • Eliminate or reduce the application of pesticides on your lawn and garden.
  • Keep cars and boats in good working order to eliminate oil and fluid leaks.
  • Do not pour chemicals or motor oil down storm drains or into your septic system.
  • Upgrade to a more environmentally-friendly outboard motor. New 4-stroke and direct fuel injection motors pollute less.
  • Use¬†environmentally sound cleaning products, such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice to in and around your home.
  • Do not use anti-freeze or other chemicals to keep ice fishing holes open.
  • Recycle batteries and fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Do not flush medications and pharmaceuticals down the toilet. They should be discarded in the trash, or brought to a pharmacy drop-off location.
  • Properly dispose of mercury-bearing items, including non-digital thermometers and thermostats, and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).



  • General information about how septic systems work, and septic system care and maintenance:

Septic Systems article

  • Septic system permits for Ogemaw County are handled by the Michigan District Health Department #2 (DHD2) 1-800-504-2650:

DHD2 Septic System information



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