Why We Need Glen Lake Guardians

Why We Need Glen Lake Guardians

The Guardian program educates and advocates protecting Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed by engaging in best practices. Guardians voluntarily pledge to protect, and share their advocacy with others.

Despite our documented success in protecting the overall water quality in the Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed, we know this area will continue to be stressed.

Among the sources of stress are:Guardian Logo

  • Increased tourism
  • Destruction of greenbelts
  • More full-time residents
  • Spread of tree diseases
  • Introduction of additional invasive species
  • More frequent, high intensity rain events
  • The increased use and improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and chemicals 

We all can see these signs when, on summer weekends, we visit downtown Glen Arbor or cruise our waterways. Our population more than doubles during summer months and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore continues to set visitation records.

Guarding the Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed

John Hayes and Friend installing Watershed Marker SignsSince its founding, a major focus of the Glen Lake Association (GLA) has been the preservation and protection of water quality in the Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed. We are fortunate to be in an area where residents, organizations, and governments recognize the importance of protecting this unique resource.

Together, we have put in place reasonable requirements to protect shorelines, prevent pollution, and help assure the proper performance of septic systems.

In addition to community efforts, the GLA has funded many programs to monitor water quality directly. Our focus has been to identify potential problems early and intervene before they become major problems.

Mouth of Crystal River empties into LK MIAnd it’s working!

We’re happy to report that our tests, overall, show that the quality of our water is at a high level, has remained relatively stable, and compares favorably to neighboring lakes.

But there’s more to do …

The challenge is to continue to be vigilant in protecting the watershed.

For more information contact the Guardian Ambassador, Tricia Denton, at glenlakeguardians@gmail.com.