Fresh Look at Shoreland Restoration


A green lawn running down to the water edge allows 18 times more sediment and seven times more phosphorus to run into the water than a natural shore allows. A natural shore also hosts a multitude of wildlife, much of it tiny, all of it important to the health of the environment. The authors suggest ways for owners of lake property to create a natural shore buffer of native vegetation between land and water, a buffer which will display a seasonal array of colors, textures, aromas, and wildlife activity (4 pages; 2014).