Every single person who lives in your neighborhood has a profound impact on the health of Lake Erie. Help improve water quality in your backyard by making smart decisions in your home and by using Lake Erie friendly landscaping techniques. Smart landscaping choices can help reduce the Lake Erie’s biggest pollutants (sediments and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus) and restore natural filters. Lake Erie friendly landscaping increases native plant diversity; provides food, cover, and nesting areas for wildlife; and reduces the stormwater runoff (equally important in city and suburban gardens)