Restore Natural Shoreline
R5Restore Natural Shoreline
2 points possible
Why this matters to the lake?
Restoring natural shoreline reestablishes habitats at the transition between water and land that is too often disturbed with the installation of seawalls and other disruptions. Restoration fosters the return of terrestrial and aquatic species responsible for ecosystem services that include protection of water resources and soils, nutrient management, and pollution absorption.
- Restore the natural shoreline and character of Lake George
- Create or maintain habitat for biodiversity
- Prevent erosion and shoreline sediment deposition
Remove seawalls, riprap, and other hardened shorelines. Restore a natural shoreline. Shorelines should have gentle slopes and may be armored through the use of local boulders, with logs, rootwads, and live plants. Create habitat for wildlife on a site by providing food, water, and shelter. Planting native forbs, shrubs, and trees is the easiest way to produce the foliage, nectar, pollen, berries, seeds, and nuts that attract and sustain many native aquatic and terrestrial species.
- Two points are awarded to a site that creates a natural shoreline planting of native vegetation (primarily trees and shrubs with deeper roots), and expanding contiguous forest areas.
- Two points are awarded for a site without this constraint.
- Sites with proposed features including hardening of shores, riprap, seawalls, etc. are not eligible for LID Certification.
Include the following information with application:
✓ As part of the Proposed Site Plan, delineate the existing shoreline, provide a narrative on the habitat improvements to the shoreline and/or landscaped areas on site and provide a detailed list of species to be planted.
- The Shoreline Stabilization Handbook for Lake Champlain and Other Inland Lakes – Northwest Regional Planning Commission
- Why Is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares? — Global Issues.
- Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat - National Wildlife Federation.
- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Shoreline Stabilization Techniques, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Existing Regulatory Guidance/Requirements
New York State Department of Environmental Protection- Shoreline Stabilization