Create or Expand a Shoreline Buffer

Shoreline buffers provide a final defense in blocking pollutants from entering Lake George.

Key Messages:

1. A fully functioning shoreline buffer has four tiers:
trees, shrubs, woody and herbaceous perennial plants and ground cover, and duff, which includes a layer of decomposing organic matter.
2. A shoreline buffer significantly reduces impacts from land use by infiltrating and treating storm-water runoff and preventing shoreline erosion.
3. A shoreline buffer is one of the most effective ways to protect water quality.
4. A shoreline buffer is easy to create and maintain.

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