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Local Protection of Inland Lakes

The power to protect inland lakes is shared among all levels of government and all people have a stake in the outcome: clean water for drinking, swimming, fishing, boating, etc. State and federal agencies have regulations to protect lakes; however, there are gaps in inland lake protection because not all aspects or features of inland lakes are regulated under state or federal laws. Local governments can fill these gaps in lake protection because they have the ability to develop future land use plans and to make land use decisions. They can also provide protection for lakes beyond statewide minimum standards and have local knowledge and on-the-ground resources.


Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Developing Local Protections:

The following guidebook is designed to help local officials and concerned citizens understand the benefits of inland lakes to communities, the regulations that govern inland lakes, and the opportunities for protecting them at the local level. It outlines a variety of inland lake protection techniques, from the simple enforcement of existing statutes to comprehensive ordinances.

Protecting Michigan's Inland Lakes: A Guide for Local Governments

The following toolkit is designed to provide local officials and concerned citizens with examples of different ordinances that can help protect the lakes in their communities. This toolkit consists of two parts. Part I focuses on understanding specific goals and connecting them with specific local options that can help achieve those goals, including case studies from different communities that highlight and illustrate how they achieved their goals.

Part I: Protecting Michigan's Inland Lakes: A Toolkit for Local Governments

Part II: includes examples of ordinances from different communities, other support materials to help local municipalities implement changes and related agency and organization contact information.

Chapter 1: Connecting Lake Community Goals with Local Options

Chapter 2: Ordinances to Protect Your Inland Lakes

Chapter 3: Education for Success

Chapter 4: Community Highlights

Information on other ways to protect wetlands, lakes and streams can also be found on EGLE's Local Wetland Protection webpage.