Residents along Lake Erie spending thousands to protect homes from erosion

Essex Region Conservation Authority says permits for shoreline maintenance are up about 30 per cent

When Graham and Pat Andrews moved to their waterfront home in Amherstburg, Ont., they were drawn to the location for Lake Erie's beauty and the great local community.

They knew that there would be maintenance requirements to live right on the water — but they hadn't quite anticipated the water level increases and erosion that would eventually come.

"We've noticed ever since we've moved in, 12 and a half years ago that the sand on the beach has been eroding more and more and more," Graham Andrews said.

They explained that when they first moved into the house more than a decade ago, they'd had about ten feet of beach. That beach is now gone.

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