Think about it ...
The shoreline is an important component in protecting our lake water. The boundary we use for a great deal of our activity must be an important focus when maintaining our properties.
Why is a natural shoreline important?
Shoreline vegetation acts as a buffer to a host of natural and man-made pollutants; helps protect water quality; prevents erosion; and provides wildlife habitat.
Water Quality Protection
Surface water runoff contains pollutants such as:
These pollutants result in:
Naturalized, vegetated shorelines with lots of native trees and shrubs reduce these effects by acting as a buffer that:
Soils along the shorelines of lakes, rivers and streams are gradually weathered, displaced and deposited by various means including wind, water, ice and gravity. Although erosion is a natural process, it can be dramatically accelerated by changes in land use such as the removal of shoreline vegetation.
Improved Wildlife Habitat
Did you know ... the best way to attract geese is to enable them to see grass from the water?
Discourage geese with a natural shoreline! Use an environmentally friendly way to deter Canada geese with native plants, noise makers, eco-friendly repellants, decoys or reflective devices.