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