Assistance in Becoming a Glen Lake Guardian

Assistance in Becoming a Glen Lake Guardian

The Guardian program educates and advocates protecting Glen Lake and the Crystal River Watershed by engaging in best practices. Guardians voluntarily pledge to protect, and share their advocacy with others.

The Glen Lake Association is here to help all watershed residents become Guardians. Feel free to consult with us on some of your more sophisticated projects. We’ll help you directly or point you in the right direction to get the help you need.

The Water Quality Committee has started researching eco-friendly products available locally. Here’s what we recommend so far. We’ll add to this list as we learn more.

Available at Northwoods Hardware:

MrsMeyersMrs.Meyers products

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day household cleaners are earth-friendly and made with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils.




HJTurfHJ Premium Turf Food provides essential nutrients lawns need to be vigorous, lush and green.




Available at Anderson’s Market:

Moon WorksMoonWorksMoon Works Laundry Powder, made in Suttons Bay, has all-natural ingredients with no fillers.




Below is a directory of where you can find support with becoming a Guardian:

snorkelerIn the Water

  • Get help applying for a state permit for shoreline changes by calling Robyn Schmidt at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 231-383-5952. To determine the most lake-friendly method for controlling invasive plants call our office at 231-334-7645 or email to:
  • Find programs that measure water quality and monitor shorelines; address problem areas and work with riparians. Call Rob Karner, Watershed Biologist, 231-334-5831.
  • Address concerns about bacterial water pollution in drinking wells or lake water. Call Tom Fountain, Benzie-Leelanau County Health Department, 231-256-0200.

Watercraft and Recreation

Suggested marinas to contact for boat inspections:

Our home/farm

Here are directions and a schedule for local drop-off stations for hazardous waste.

“Shop Local” and find eco-friendly cleaning/laundry products at Anderson’s Market or Northwood’s Hardware. 

Aquatic Invasiv…lant SurveyInvasive Aquatic Species Prevention

GLA offers spring, summer, and fall hot water boat wash, engine flush, and bait well cleaning at the public boat launch on Little Glen.

Our well and septic systems

  • Find local septic haulers in the area by checking our Stewardship Checklist. The list of qualified providers begins on Page 19 under Septic Pumping.
  • Contact the Leelanau County Planning Department to help finance new septic systems. Call Trudy Galla at 231-256-9812.


Our Yard

  • Greenbelt 1Get free consultation services from Rob Karner, M.S., Watershed Biologist on ways riparians can protect their lakeshore while meeting aesthetic and family needs. Call 231-334-5831 to make an appointment.
  • Get help from the Leelanau County Conservation District in acquiring, planting, and caring for newly planted native trees, shrubs, and herbs. Call Buzz Long at 231-256-9783.
  • Free tree seedlings for watershed residents will be available at the annual meeting of the GLA the second Saturday in August.
  • Open houses will be scheduled to showcase lake-friendly and family-friendly riparian landscapes. See the calendar in our newsletter for a schedule of events.
  • “Shop Local” and acquire lake-friendly lawn care products at Northwood’s Hardware store in Glen Arbor.
  • Find certified local lawn care service companies and certified landscapers (Page 21) who agree to use best practices for water quality.