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Shoreland Best Management Practices (310-03-07)

Shoreland Best Management Practices (310-03-07)

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Shoreland best management practices (BMPs) are environmental standards that minimize human impacts on water quality and the environment. Following shoreland best management practices will limit pollution, erosion, and habitat degradation.
Shoreland best management practices (BMPs) are environmental standards that minimize human impacts on water quality and the environment. Following shoreland best management practices will limit pollution, erosion, and habitat degradation.

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Published by: Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program on Apr 26, 2010
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Shoreland best management practices (BMPs) are environmentalstandards that minimize human impacts on water quality and theenvironment. Following shoreland best management practiceswill limit pollution, erosion, and habitat degradation.Protecting water quality prevents toxins, nutrients and sedimentsrom creating algae blooms, excessive aquatic plant growth,and reduced oxygen levels in lakes and streams. Shoreland areaswith native trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges, and wildowers do notrequire mowing, ertilizers or herbicides.Diverse shoreland vegetation provides important habitat ordesired sh and wildlie species and deep-rooted native plantsreduce erosion problems rom storm water run-o, wind, andwave action. Shorelands with healthy native vegetation deter theestablishment o invasive plants.
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or upgrade septic systems to prevent the release o waste and excessnutrients into lakes or rivers. The Minnesota Department o Health and theMinnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) have established minimumstate septic system standards and county, city or townships may have localregulations that need to be ollowed.natural ood sources and habitat or wildlie with diverse native shorelandvegetation, which also prevents erosion problems by ltering and absorbingrun-o. An existing wooded shoreline with intact under-story plants, shrubs,and trees is a great lter strip.and/or establish native shoreland lter strips near agricultural elds, alongdeveloped shorelines, and other disturbed areas. Lawn grass does noteectively absorb rainall or lter pollutants. Lawns attract geese and requirerequent maintenance.or eliminate the use o household cleaners, paints, nishes, uels, and oil.Biodegradable soaps and cleaning solutions are good alternatives as theybreak down to non-toxic compounds in the environment. Proper handling,storage, and disposal o toxic chemicals will prevent pollution o both landand water.the size o impervious suraces, such as roos, decks and driveways, andincrease the area o natural vegetation to allow precipitation to be absorbedinto the soil and or groundwater recharge areas.using herbicides and ertilizers along shorelines. Herbicide use can beavoided by proper management techniques. Native plants, which areadapted to local conditions, do not need ertilizers.Join or orm a lake association and work together to maintain and improveyour lake’s water quality and wildlie habitat.
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