Does your inland lake property qualify?
Wed, Apr 13, 2022 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Do you know what the greatest threat to the overall health of Michigan inland lakes is? Did you guess nutrients? According to the National Lake Assessment (NLA), your guess would be wrong. The correct answer is the loss of nearshore habitat – both on the land and in the lake. Luckily for Michigan’s inland lakes, lakefront property owners can help change this trend through the practice and implementation of lake-friendly landscaping and erosion control methods. The MI Shoreland Stewards Program (www.mishorelandstewards.org) is a way for property owners to determine if they are using best practices to protect their lake. Julia Kirkwood, with EGLE’s Nonpoint Source Program and chair of the MI Natural Shoreline Partnership (www.mishorelinepartnership.org/), will discuss how you can use the program to assess your inland lake property, determine if it qualifies, and how you can receive some general recommendations on improvements to your nearshore habitat.