Lakeshore development has caused significant adverse effects on fish and wildlife habitat and water quality in many Midwest lakes (EPA 2007). The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) was formed in 2008 to promote the use of natural landscaping and erosion control to protect Michigan’s inland lakes. The partnership brings together technical expertise and organizational support to address informational, educational and policy needs related to natural shoreline development. The presentation will include information on MNSP education programs and supporting resources to promote and implement natural shorelines, an overview of different techniques, discussion of wave energy importance in natural shoreline design and native plant recommendations.
Why is natural shoreline landscaping important? Read The Waters Edge.