Plantings along a shoreline provide many critical benefits to the health of lakes and creeks.

Restore Your Shore

Photography by: Blue Thumb
Photography by: Blue Thumb

Shoreline and streambank plantings create natural buffer areas between lakes and creeks and upland areas.

Buffer zones planted with native species help:

  • Reduce erosion
  • Provide bank stabilization
  • Filter stormwater runoff
  • Provide wildlife habitat
  • May reduce algal blooms


Nine Mile Creek Watershed District provides Cost Share grants for shoreline restoration projects that take place within District boundaries.

Learn more


DNR’s Restore Your Shore
Blue Thumb- Planting for Clean Water
The Buffer Zone (PDF)