How’s your shoreline?

Watercraft activity on Lake Manitou is increasing and expected to continue to do so for the next few years. With the increased activity comes larger and more frequent waves. If you have a shoreline without adequate hardening you are likely experiencing accelerated erosion. One type of hardening is with the use of natural rock and native shoreline plants. This type of shoreline dissipates and distributes the wave energy and allows access to and from the water for reptiles and amphibians. It also acts as a natural filter for rainwater water to filter into the soil and around plants before entering the lake. It also creates a habitat for birds and other small animals. It does all these things, just as a natural shoreline is designed to do. It is also the most cost effective, but needs to be done by an experienced contractor and it does require a permit from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). To learn more about your shoreline try the Shoreland Stewards link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXCrWyRfRQVX4Og4cpcl1fB_oW98MCgWE The Michigan Natural Shoreline link is: http://www.mishorelinepartnership.org/

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