Working together for watershed protection
Preserving and protecting the valuable water resources within the Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed is a team effort!
The Glen Lake Association works closely with numerous local, county, state, and national organizations in order to achieve the best possible outcomes with respect to water quality and the overall health of the watershed ecosystem.
Government organizations provide significant resources which leverage the impact of our work. The Association educates these organizations about watershed best practices so they can make informed policy decisions. We stay abreast of new and changing regulations which could impact the watershed. We provide community members with the information needed to support legislation which protects the water.
We also share common goals with many non-government organizations both locally and throughout Michigan. Together we collaborate, pool resources, and form coalitions to protect watershed resources and promote educational and stewardship programs.
How communities manage their land use has a direct impact on nearby water resources
Zoning ordinances are an important watershed protection tool because they affect land development and impact site design and access. They have the ability to establish patterns of development, protect the environment and public health, and determine the character of a community.
Zoning ordinances can also have a significant impact on the health of the watershed. Ordinances prevent and control water pollution, conserve shore cover, protect wetlands, protect fish spawning areas, and more.
One local ordinance which helps protect the Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed is a mandatory time-of-transfer or point of sale well and septic inspection ordinance. We are fortunate that Glen Arbor, Cleveland, and Empire townships all have time-of-transfer ordinances in place. A countywide ordinance which will cover Leelanau’s remaining townships, including Kasson is also underway.
Other ways ordinances could protect the water
- Requiring vegetative buffer zones along shorelines and stream banks
- Requiring greenbelt areas
- Protecting the integrity of soil by having filtered views along stream corridors
- Protecting wetlands
- Discouraging the construction of hardened seawalls
An Overlay District Is A Long-Term Watershed Protection Strategy
Minimizing the impact of future development on water quality
The Glen Lake Association is a proponent of creating an overlay district to unify the four townships which cross the boundaries of the Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed: Glen Arbor, Empire, Cleveland, and Kasson. If adopted, this proposal would minimize the negative impacts of future development in order to protect water quality for generations to come. We urge area residents, property owners, and the entire watershed community to learn more about the benefits of the overlay district proposal.