We have been losing our natural shorelines and the health and functions they provide to water, wildlife and people. While it is relatively easy for property owners to protect natural shorelines, it is much harder to restore them once they are gone. These resources will help you get started in restoring your shore and improving the health of your lake.
- Why are natural shorelines important?
- How can I restore my shoreline?
- Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership – many wonderful resources here
- Shoreline Stabilization - A Guide for Homeowners and Conservationists on Inland Lakes and Flowages
- The Value and Use of Vegetation - Overview of common restoration projects, as well as a few recommended plants.
- Restore Your Shore – Restoration guide for landowners. Be sure to explore the Plant Guide and Native Plant Encyclopedia!
- Shoreline Alterations: Natural Buffers and Lakescaping – Tips for creating a shoreline buffer.
- BWSR – Vegetation Establishment and Management – Many great resources here. Check out their Riparian and Wet Meadow Seed Mixes
- Who do I contact about my project?
After reviewing these links, a good first point of contact for any project is your local zoning authority, who may have specific permitting requirements, or your County Soil and Water Conservation District, who may provide technical assistance. If you live in an area covered by a Watershed District or Watershed Management Organization, they may offer similar types of assistance as well.