Is your house located on a lake and showing signs of serious erosion problems on your shoreline?
Signs of serious problems include:
- Bare soil on a steep, high shoreline bank
- Recession of the shoreline over a period of time
- Leaning or exposed roots on trees
- Large patches of muddy water near a lakeshore, or unusually muddy streams during periods of high water or following a rainstorm
To control shoreline erosion, some basic preventive guidelines can benefit you in the long run.
- Preserve the rocks and vegetation that naturally occur along the shoreline.
- Prevent runoffs (driveways, roofs, etc) from flowing into the shoreline, especially bluff areas.
- Avoid construction within 100 feet of the shoreline or the edge of nearshore bluffs.
- Protect nearshore berms pushed up by ice action along lakeshores. They prevent excessive surface runoff and trap sand which "nourishes" the beach.
Here are a couple of basic types of erosion control methods:
Vegetative: involves planting trees or woody shrubs
Structural: The placement of rock of various sizes (referred to as rip-rap) has been the preferred and most common method