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2021 DLA Shoreland Incentive Offer


For generations, Deer Lake water quality has served as a foundation for family life and lakeshore property values.  Known as the “lake of changing colors” because of its blue and violet hues, Deer Lake now shows a trend toward green.  The Deer-Pokegama Study identifies phosphorus as the key nutrient driving the ongoing greening of Deer Lake.  Phosphorus causes algae, undesirable plant growth, and reduced water clarity. 

The DLA is asking property owners to take action to reduce the amount of phosphorous loading into Deer Lake from our shorelands.  You can do so by filtering rainwater runoff and minimizing erosion along the shoreline.

Deer Lake is highly sensitive to phosphorus loading, meaning that additional phosphorus causes a disproportionate decrease in water quality.  Just 50 additional pounds of phosphorus would cause Deer Lake water clarity to reduce by 12” throughout the entire lake!  The good news is that this sensitivity also means that if we reduce the amount of phosphorus running into the lake, water quality will increase disproportionately.  


Two shoreland strategies property owners can implement to decrease the amount of phosphorus entering Deer Lake:  

  • Filter rain-water runoff before it enters the lake.  Examples include:
    • Low berm
    • Buffer
  • Solve for shoreline erosion.  Example:
    • Fiber logs and deep rooted native plants


DLA is offering a free expert assessment to Deer Lake property owners who volunteer, plus up to a $1000 shoreland implementation incentive payment to install and maintain a rainwater runoff or natural shoreline erosion solution on Deer Lake.


Free Expert Assessment

There are several effective ways to filter rain and other water before it runs from your property into Deer Lake and to minimize shoreline erosion.  To help you determine what’s best for your particular situation, DLA is offering a free expert assessment.  A qualified disinterested expert will come out to your property, answer your questions, help you assess your situation, and provide you information and possible solutions to consider.  This service is free to you.  “Disinterested”, means that DLA’s expert is not affiliated with any contractor and will not be incented to sell you something.             


To participate or to learn more about our offer, please send a note to