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Shoreline residents asked not to rake leaves into the water

The Candlewood Lake Authority is calling on shoreline residents not to rake leaves into the water.  The increase in nutrients could lead to green water and algae blooms next summer.  All plants use nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus to build themselves up and grow, and when they die, the dried up remains still contain those nutrients, even if they aren't green anymore.  CLA says when residents rake or dump dried up fallen leaves into the lake, they might as well be putting fertilizer in the lake.  Once in the water, the nutrients are almost impossible to remove.  The Lake Authority asked that residents consider either bagging leaves and disposing of them with garbage, or composting them for use in home plantings. Anyone who uses a yard management service is asked to let them know what to do with the leaves too.

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