Environmentally Sound Shoreline

Buffer Zones Protect Shorelines and Reduce Erosion • Protect the natural shoreline by replanting areas that lack trees and shrubs, and maintain those areas that already exist. • Leave a buffer zone of native vegetation around all shoreline areas. The buffer zone can be as little as three meters wide or as large as you would like. • Don’t mow right to the waterfront. A pathway can be maintained for access down to the water, but keep any development at least 30 meters away from the shoreline. Restoring Developed or Damaged Shorelines Shorelines that have been stabilized with rock ‘rip rap’, armour stone or gabion baskets can be modified to incorporate natural vegetation and extend the life of retaining structures. Noted below are some options to protect your shoreline from erosion while improving habitat. Restoring Developed or Damaged Shorelines.

Simple Steps to Reduce Excess Nutrients Reduce or Eliminate Fertilizer Use.  Remember that what goes on your property goes into the lake! That includes fertilizers applied near the water. Rain and irrigation carry these fertilizers into the water and encourage the rapid growth of aquatic plants and algae. For every pound of phosphorus in the water, 500 pounds of aquatic vegetation are protected.

Here are some great articles on Protecting your shoreline!