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

Vegetation between developed land and water helps keep the water clean, adds beauty, and provides habitat for wildlife.

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

Grants

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

Learn more

Resources

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