Healthy shorelines are vital to maintaining the overall health of Gull Lake. Shorelines help filter pollutants, protect against erosion, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife.
Common Signs of a Healthy Shoreline
- Lots of native vegetation
- Different levels of vegetation from taller trees to smaller shrubs and plants
- Dead snags (underwater tree stumps or branches) and stones
- Birds, fish and other wildlife
Common Signs of an Unhealthy Shoreline
- Area(s) cleared of all or most vegetation
- Lawn that extends right to the water’s edge
- Natural shoreline replaced by a hardened structure
- Problems such as shoreline erosion and poor water quality
- Prominent algae blooms and excessive weed growth
A buffer is a permanent strip of vegetation along the shore that protects the water body from human impacts or natural processes. Gull Lake shoreline property owners can help keep our lake healthy by planting and maintaining a healthy shoreline buffer. Native shrubs and trees are adapted to local conditions, require no maintenance, and provide food and shelter for wildlife.