The Shoreline

The Shoreline protects against erosion

In general, wave action on lakes and streams tends to erode the shoreline contributing to the increase of sand and mud in the lake.

However, when the shoreline is maintained in its natural state, this erosion from wave action is greatly reduced since the roots of shoreline vegetation form a real barrier retaining the soil in place.

In addition, this shoreline vegetation stops a great deal of sediments from water runoff from reaching the littoral zone of the lake.

It is therefore essential to minimize erosion and runoff of sediments into the lake to maintain the shoreline in its natural state.

The Shoreline protects against overfertilization

Sediments transported by water runoff contain a great deal of fertilizing agents that contribute to the growth of aquatic plants and algae. Thanks to shoreline vegetation, these fertilizing agents are recycled before they can reach the water in the lake.

To minimize overfertilization, shoreline vegetation around lakes and streams needs to be maintained in its natural state.

The shoreline protects against the heating of water in the littoral zone and maintains ecological equilibrium

Shoreline vegetation helps maintain lake water at a relatively cool temperature. This helps prevent the growth of aquatic plants and algae.

The lake's ecological equilibrium is directly related to the safeguard of shoreline vegetation.

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