Shoreline and Streambanks
Shorelines and streambanks are important and intricate parts of aquatic ecosystems. Managing these areas properly is important to the health of our lakes, rivers and streams.
Erosion is a significant problem around shoreline and streambanks, not only because the eroding sediment can fill in our water bodies, but also because areas that are wearing away are less stable and more likely to collapse. This is especially troublesome for homeowners that live near a creek.
What can I do?
Today many homeowners use rip-rap and retaining walls to stabilize shorelines, but these practices are costly and do not necessarily stop erosion. The best method for stabilization is to utilize native plantings. Native plants have a longer root system that provides strong support along the shore.
Consider restoring your shoreline or streambank with the help of MCWD's Cost Share Program!
For More Information:
- Read more about MCWD Shoreline Stabilization Demonstration Sites
- Visit MN DNR’s page on Shoreland Management
- View a User's Guide to Shoreland Property
- Shoreline Planting and Buffer Zone Implementation
- Find more resources and information from Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water
Check out the video "Love Your Lakeshore: Go Native" on the merits of natural shorelines, and how you can naturalize your own: