Land conservation plays a large part in protecting our surface water resources. By coordinating with municipalities, land trusts, regional planning commissions, and lake associations to protect upland areas of the SF headwater lakes’ watersheds to ensure that some land remains in an undisturbed state which will help reduce total phosphorus runoff.
Our lake and stream shorelines didn’t always look the way they do today. The more development on land surrounding a lake or stream, the less a landscape can buffer stormwater and the more polluted runoff can enter a waterbody. The more land in conservation, the more land is protected from development and causing harm to the waterbodies.