Maintaining the quality of Little Traverse Lake water and its tributaries is essential. You can help by doing things such as:
proper inspection and maintenance of septic systems, keeping leaves/ grass clippings, boat fuel, cleaners and other chemicals from entering the lake, thoroughly washing watercraft and gear before entering the lake to prevent hitch-hiker species.
The presence of cladophora algae indicates an over-abundance of nutrients in the water, generally from sources such as septic system leaching or fertilizer run-off. A baseline survey of cladophora on Little Traverse Lake was conducted in 2016.