The 'I Love Lake' Campaign

Celebrating and Protecting the Lake we all Love

The I Love Lake Campaign promotes the positive actions homeowners can take to prevent algal blooms. Unfortunately, Lake Stevens has high levels of phosphorus- a natural nutrient that all plants need to grow. However, in excess, it causes problematic algal blooms.

From the old aerator to the current alum treatments, The City of Lake Stevens and Snohomish County have worked together to manage algae so that people can safely recreate and enjoy a clean, clear lake.  While the current alum treatments are effective in temporarily reducing algal blooms, they are costly, and only serve as a short-term solution. We can't solve the algae issue unless we tackle the sources of phosphorus, and it takes each of us doing our part every day. The good news- there are many small steps we can each take that make a difference! 

Causes of Algae Blooms:

  • Excessive or improper application of fertilizer that contains phosphorus.

  • Fecals - water fowl (especially where they are habitually fed), faulty septic systems, and pet waste.

  • Lawn clippings dumped into ditches or streams.

  • Soap from home car washing.

  • Exposed soil, which can wash into water bodies with storms.

Make a Garden Awards Nomination by September 17, midnight.

Do you know someone who has a beautiful, sustainable, Lake-Friendly garden or landscape? 

Submit a nomination for the 1st Annual City of Lake Steven’s Cascade Award by September 17. The winner and runners-up will receive city-wide recognition with a special plaque and award ceremony. And, don’t be afraid to nominate yourself if you’re proud of your own lake-friendly yard! We look forward to your submission. Questions? Contact or call 425-377-7018


Explore our programs to learn how you can help reduce algae.

Questions? Contact Laura Goff at 425-377-7018 or laura(at)

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