Shoreline and Streambanks

ShorelineShorelines 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. Eroding soil can fill in our lakes, streams, and wetlands, and weaken the area, making it more likely to collapse. This is especially troublesome for homeowners who live near a creek.

What can I do?

Roots

Today many homeowners use a collection of rocks or rubble (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 use native plantings. The long roots of native plants anchor the soil better than the shorter roots of non-native plants.

Consider restoring your shoreline or streambank with the help of MCWD's Cost Share Program!

Online Information & Resources:

Helpful Books on Shoreland Restoration

Check out the video "Love Your Lakeshore: Go Native" on the merits of natural shorelines, and how you can naturalize your own: