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MI - Inland lakeshore owners can replace seawalls with native plants for erosion control, state says

Shoreline owners in Michigan can learn how to improve water quality in inland lakes by replacing seawalls with more natural erosion controls like native plants and flowers.

Experts say the long-used practice of hard-armoring shorelines with seawalls harms shoreline habitat and degrades water quality, while more natural methods can minimize negative impacts to waterways. State regulators invite inland lake shoreline owners to attend a free webinar to learn erosion controls considered more environmentally sound.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will host a 90-minute online session next month about best management practices for inland lake stewardship. The educational webinar is designed for property owners, consultants, and contractors.

Participants can expect to learn how to determine the best shoreline protection technique for individual sites, as well as the benefits of more natural methods. That can include bioengineering with native flowers and plants, installing riprap and replacing seawalls.

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