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