Shoreline Restoration Resource
Post date: Apr 17, 2013 11:52:25 PM
Prairie Restorations is a local business specializing in improving your shoreline landscaping. This is information forwarded to the CWLA and sharing here for your reference.
It is safe to say that in the last 5 years, PRI has been involved with more shoreline restoration projects than in our previous 30 years combined. It's great to see how the concept of using native plants to restore shorelines has taken hold. Given the precarious condition of many of our lakes, rivers and streams, it was obvious something needed to be done. And as countless organizations continue to educate, promote and facilitate these types of restorations, it is likely that the volume of projects will continue to grow.
For those of you considering restoring your shoreline, there has never been a better time to move ahead with a project.
Even in the last 5 years, the science of shoreline restoration has improved dramatically. Not only have the techniques improved, there are far more quality products available to the practitioner. With more "tools" in the toolbox, there are more options to consider in terms of how to design and implement these projects.
From a financial standpoint, there are many cost share programs available for those looking to embark on a project. Depending on the type of program, up to 75% of your project could be covered by grant dollars. It makes sense to contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District office and inquire about these programs. They should be able to tell you the types of programs that are currently available in your area and what might be available in the future.
Whether you choose to do the restoration yourself, or you hire a professional company like PRI, it is important to use the appropriate seed and plant materials. Utilizing species that are native to the project area, and that are adapted to the various ecological characteristics of the site, will help ensure success in both the short and long term.