The Conservancy has partnered with Lake Associations and other organizations to help write watershed protection plans for the major watersheds in Leelanau County. These plans are a guide for watershed residents to help maintain and improve the health of their watershed. They are written to meet both the state (Department of Environmental Quality or DEQ) and Federal (Environmental Protection Agency) criteria in order to be eligible for various grants and funding resources related to water quality and watershed protection.
Both the Glen Lake Watershed, the Lake Leelanau Watershed and the West Grand Traverse Bay Watershed have approved watershed plans. The Conservancy has been a successful partner with these plans by protecting important upland recharge areas, wetlands and lake/stream frontage using Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) funding. These watershed plans outline best management practices to help maintain watershed health and have been used as a guide for lake associations and residents. The Glen Lake Association has been successful in obtaining CMI funds for their water quality monitoring program.
Click here to download a chart summarizing land protection efforts to date by the Leelanau Conservancy by watershed. We have worked with both private landowners on private conservation easement project s, purchase land that is open to the public as well as what we refer to as transfer and assist projects. This is where we have partnered with another organization on the project but do not own or hold a conservation easement on the property.
Links to approved Watershed Plans in Leelanau County
- Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed: A Plan to Protect a Precious Resource
- Lake Leelanau Watershed Protection Plan
- Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Plan
- Platte River Watershed Plan (Covers a small area in the S part of Leelanau County)- this is a link to the watershed plan on the Benzie Conservation District website. Scroll to the bottom of the page
In Summer of 2016 the GHB plan was approved by the EPA. Now we have all five major watershed with approved state and federal plans!
Below are links to the state approved GHB Watershed Protection Plan. . This is a large plan so it is broken up into three parts:
Lime Lake Association: http://www.limelake.org/
Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association (LTPOA): http://www.littletraverselake.org
Cedar Lake Association (no website)