Lakeshores and Lake Health


Shorelines can have direct impacts on lake health. Shorelines that only contain mowed grass can lead to erosion, excess nutrients, and overall poor lake health. Adding a shoreline buffer full of native plants helps lock soil in place and soak up excess nutrients before it can enter the lake. Shoreline buffers also provide habitats for diverse wildlife including pollinators. Learn the details of how shorelines impact lake health and how you can help in this video by Anoka Co. Water Resource Outreach Collaborative.



Shoreline buffers are commonly eligible for grant funds from our cost share program. If you own lakeshore property and are interested in restoring your shoreline, learn about our cost share program at our website. Projects can be installed on all types of properties, not just lakeshores. Learn more about other environmentally friendly projects that are eligible for grant funds at our website.