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Best Management Practices for Shores Dominated by Native Vegetation

  1. Preserve natural shoreline with all its components to the greatest extent possible.
  2. Consult a shoreline specialist and/or local soil and water conservation districts staff This link leads to an external site.Aquatic Habitat Restoration Grant Program to develop management strategies that will sustain high quality native plant communities of natural or successfully restored shorelines.
  3. Prevent human disturbances by providing designated areas for shore fishing and/or build fishing piers.

Examples of natural shorelines

 
Lake with undisturbed shoreline.
Natural shoreline with healthy aquatic vegetation. Healthy, wooded shoreline with a structure.

 

 

Examples of restored shorelines

 
Shoreline eight years after restoration.

8 year old successful shoreline restoration. Photo: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District

Bur-reed and soft-stem bulrush in the water and lake sedge and wool grass along the shore provide invaluable habitat. Photo: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District

5 year old successful shoreline restoration. Commitment to regular maintenance is key to success. Photo: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District