Plantings protect lake, pond or stream shoreline


What is this?

If you are lucky enough to live on water-front property, providing a buffer of native vegetation along the shoreline will add an additional 10 points to your score. Any width provides some ecological benefits, with 10 to 25 feet providing significant value – and beauty.

How do I do this?

On my own

Check out these websites for detailed information on how to protect your shoreline.


Hire some help

Click here for a list of companies that specialize in water and natural resource management.


Why is this important?

Native plants can protect your shoreline from erosion and provide important habitat for shorebirds, fish and other beneficial wildlife. If you use chemical fertilizers or pesticides on your lawn, chances are good that a fair amount of it will wash into the lake and cause algae or weed issues unless filtered by a wide strip of native plants.

Shoreline plantings are the last line of defense against lawn chemicals that can wreak havoc with a healthy lake. This vegetation also provides protection to the shoreline from waves and ice; as well as critical habitat to many species that help to balance the sensitive aquatic ecosystem.

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