Sugar Lake

Shore Lore

Restore Your Shore


Sugar Lake: Changes Over Time and Lessons Learned

Changes Over Time

These images depict the progression of the project beginning with the condition of the site before work began. As Sharon Streetar tells us, the changes at Sugar Lake were stunning.

1999

Property in 1999 Property in 1999

The Streetar property before restoration begins, summer 1999

Before restoration begins, summer 1999

2000

Property in 2000 Property in 2000 Property in 2000

Restoration begins, summer 2000

Planting complete, summer 2000

Plant growth, fall 2000

2002

Property in 2002 Property in 2002

Plantings fill out, fall 2002

Plantings fill out, fall 2002

2008-2010

Property in 2008 Property in 2010 Property in 2010

Restoration matures, summer 2008

Restoration awakens, spring 2010

Restoration on the Steetar property, summer 2010

The Streetar property before restoration begins, summer 1999.

Before restoration begins, summer 1999.

Restoration begins, summer 2000.

Planting complete, summer 2000.

Plant growth, fall 2000.

Plantings fill out, fall 2002.

Plantings fill out, fall 2002.

Restoration matures, summer 2008.

Restoration awakens, spring 2010.

Restoration on the Steetar property, summer 2010.

Budget and Timeline


headphone icon, Sharon Streetar closeup Sharon Streetar tells of the changes over time.


When homeowners plan changes to their property, they have a reasonable concern regarding costs and time. Lakeshore property owners are no different.

It is important to do the research at the beginning of a project so that the level of commitment that will be needed is clearly understood.

*Labor estimate is based on 10 people working 8 hours a day for 3 days at a rate of $10.00 per hour

Steps & Techniques provides useful information for developing a time line for your own project.

Lessons Learned

 

The Streetars noted that the most important lesson was that people need to be willing to try something new.

The recommendation from Bob Streetar to other lakeshore owners is to try natural lakeshore management. The Streetars have demonstrated that the results are worth the risk.

Sharon said the project has expanded her vocabulary.


headphone icon, Sharon Streetar closeup Sharon Streetar impresses her friends.