Eagle River Chain of Lakes Shoreland Condition

By Marc Groth, Shoreline Restoration Chair and Duck Lake Captain

One of the most vulnerable areas of a lake’s watershed is the immediate shoreland zone (from the water’s edge to 35’ from shore). When this 35’ buffer is developed, the increased impervious surface, removal of natural vegetation and other human practices can severely increase pollutant loads to the lake while degrading important habitat.  Limiting these man-made effects on the lake is important in maintaining the quality of the lake’s water and habitat.

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