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Shoreline Classifications

How do you live?
Natural

  • No significant human disturbance on land or in the water body
  • A thick buffer of healthy native vegetation provides habitat and food for various organisms
  • Water quality and erosion control are good

Regenerative

  • Significant efforts have been made for restoration to a pre-development state
  • Less than 25 percent of the shoreline is disturbed for dock/water access
  • The presence of native vegetation is abundant. This is vital to the regeneration of healthy ecosystems
  • The ability of the property to control erosion and runoff is good

Ornamental

  • Development has focused on shoreline aesthetics and industry
  • Natural vegetation has been removed and replaced with groomed grass and other non-native vegetation
  • Construction of retaining walls, onshore structures and docks has significantly impacted wildlife habitat and the ability of the shoreline to slow runoff inputs of nutrients and pollution

Degraded

  • An area where restoration is needed as soon as possible
  • Development with little consideration for lake ecology
  • Runoff from roads and driveways flows directly into the water
  • Garbage and debris is polluting the shoreline habitat