Ringwood, NJ is special to everyone who lives here.
Our residents treasure our access to hiking trails and beautiful lakes, surrounded by scenic mountains. Our lakes are a key recreational element in Ringwood, and maintaining healthy properties in town supports healthy lakes. What we put on lawns goes into the ground—and the groundwater that runs into our lakes. And as a town that relies heavily on septic systems, it’s also crucial that Ringwood residents care for their septic tanks for the health of our community as well. Together, we can protect our land, children, pets, and aquatic life and safeguard our cherished Ringwood lifestyle. Together, let’s make healthy lakes a shore thing.
Wherever you live in Ringwood, everything you put on or in the ground finds its way into our lake water. Here are the steps you can take to make a difference and keep our lakes pristine.
Lawn & Garden
Fertilizers and other chemicals we use on lawns and in gardens cause algae blooms that lead to lake closures.
Septic System Maintenance
When septic systems are not maintained or pumped, they leak and pollute groundwater, which flows into our lakes.
Pets & Wildlife
Chemical products that contain warnings that they are harmful to skin or if ingested may also harm pets and wildlife.
Rain Gardens: Good for Your Home and the Earth
Rain gardens are filled with native plants and flowers, rocks, and permeable soil to capture and absorb stormwater. They improve soil drainage, protect your home from water damage, and contain polluted runoff before it hits our waterways.
Take Action and Protect Your Investment
Studies have linked water quality with property values in lake communities throughout the U.S. Lake communities are in demand, and the value of properties within these communities depends upon the quality of the lake. All property owners in Ringwood, not just lakefront property owners, can make a difference. If we all practice lake-friendly living, we will all be able to enjoy the beauty and health of Ringwood for years to come.
Visit the Ringwood Borough website for Health Department news and updates.
Maintain our quality of lake life in Ringwood
Make healthy lakes a shore thing!
Avoid algae blooms, keep us boating/fishing/swimming, enjoying a “green” Ringwood. Here are some ways to do so.
Create a rain garden
Switch to “natural” fertilizers
Plant wisely – vegetative garden, buffer plantings, other measures
Be careful what goes down your drain (food waste to avoid)
Septic pumping & inspection
Care for your leach field
Share your Ringwood moments
Follow us on social media and share how you’re enjoying Ringwood’s lakes, trails and parks.
Need more information?
Visit the Ringwood Borough website for Health Department News and Updates
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