New Resources and Solutions for Effective, Natural Erosion Control on Michigan’s Inland Lakes
The individual and cumulative impacts of levees have deteriorated the water and habitat quality of Michigan’s inland lakes. Levees and hardened shorelines significantly degrade lakes by reflecting wave energy, eliminating shoreline habitat for fish and wildlife, promoting runoff of nutrients and pollutants, and degrading water quality. The most lake-friendly solution to protecting your shoreline from erosion while improving water quality and inland lake habitat is to use techniques called bio-engineering. Bioengineering is an all-natural solution that uses plants, appropriately sized rocks, and woody structure to protect shorelines from erosion.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has developed a variety of new resources to help people who want to improve their shoreline and learn more about bioengineering and other better inland lake management practices (BMP). This webinar presents data and examples from Michigan on the problems caused by levees and the solutions available. Five new fact sheets covering low-energy bioengineering, bioengineering erosion control, aquatic plants, woody shoreline structure and soil uplifts have recently been published on the EGLE Shoreline Protection, and hard copies are also available from EGLE district offices. EGLE has also developed a new coastal protection narrative map highlighting bioengineering projects around Michigan. This story map provides images, plans, and information about each bioengineering project, and will be continually updated with more information and new projects. If you are ready to install a BMP on your shoreline, EGLE also has sample plans on seawall replacement using BMPs, low energy bioengineering, high energy bioengineering, rockfill, docks and boardwalks through wetlands and woody shoreline structure. More information is available on the EGLE Shoreline Protection website and the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership.
Legend: Bioengineering project installed on Intermediate Lake in County Antrim.
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