Tamaracks dance in the rain on Brooks Lake. Photo by Rob Karner
Striving to be the best is a challenge that never ends. And though we liken ongoing efforts to protect our Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed as among the country’s best, we’re also aware there’s always more we can and should be doing.
For instance, we’ve learned that some watersheds have found additional ways to augment existing zoning by leveraging an “overlay district” to further protect their water. Across the country including in northwest Michigan, overlay districts have been adopted from Vermont to the state of Washington. One example is on nearby Crystal Lake in Benzie County, where the overlay district has been in effect for over 25 years.