MSU Workshop for Oakland County Lakefront Property Owners

Posted by Steph Kaye on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 10:59am.


Workshop March 8, 2014  at Cranbrook Institute of Science

 The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for Oakland County lakefront property owners to create, restore and manage natural shoreline. The workshop will be held at the Cranbrook Institute of Science 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

“This is an educational program to help homeowners that live along lakes … to understand the importance of a natural shoreline,” said Bindu Bhakta, extension educator with the MSU Extension.  Although many who own property on Oakland County’s many lakes would not trade their beautiful lake view and recreation opportunities, lakefront living does not come without its challenges.

Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes,  and the goal of this workshop is to educate lakefront property owners on natural erosion control methods and techniques that are used for natural landscaping along the shoreline to provide erosion control and habitat value. Many lakefront owners have expressed an interest in learning how they can better preserve and restore their natural shorelines, as well as prevent erosion and maintain the aesthetic value of the property. 

This workshop is to introduce skills and resources necessary to educate lakefront homeowners how to  have beautiful landscape and keep what they love about their lakefront. Workshop topics include healthy lake ecosystems, designing and maintaining natural landscapes on lake shorelines, bio-engineering techniques to address high-impact shorelines, using native plants in shoreline landscapes, attracting fish and wildlife to a shoreline, and state rules and regulations. Local examples of natural shoreline projects will be displayed.

The workshop will also provide ideas for both small-scale and large-scale improvements on how lakefront owners can use native plants in shoreline landscapes, attract fish and wildlife to the shoreline, and use bio-engineering techniques to address high-impact shorelines and the management of shoreline-invasive species. 

The workshop will also discuss recent changes to the state’s rules and regulations regarding fertilizer. One of the big issues around the l Oakland County lakes is homeowners fertilizing all the way to water’s edge, which provides a source of nutrients into the lake from runoff. Fertilizer runoff starts a rapid growth of algae and other aquatic plants, which are a nuisance for those who want to boat and swim. The increased growth also reduces the amount of oxygen in the water, harming fish and other organisms. So,  there is now law with some environmental safeguards , if you live so close, you can’t apply fertilizer within so many feet of shoreline.

The workshop is sponsored by the MSU Extension, Cranbrook Institute of Science, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the Oakland Conservation District, the Clinton River Watershed Council, the North Oakland Chapter of Wild Ones and the Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner’s Office.

Preregistration is required and costs $50 per person before Feb. 24 and $60 per person after Feb. 25. The registration fee includes light morning refreshments, lunch, educational resources and a copy of MSU Extension’s “Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan’s Inland Lakes: Guidebook for Property Owners.”

Registration is available at ShorelineLandscaping/ or by calling (248) 858-0887 until March 4. A $25 per person cancellation fee will be assessed for those requesting a refund on or after March 5. Refunds will not be given after March 7.

If you would like more information on homes for sale, or are first time home buyer not working with a Realtor and would like to schedule a consultation with a qualified Oakland County and Macomb County Realtor, please complete the Lang Premier Properties contact form to have a real estate agent contact you. 

Lang Premier Properties are Birmingham Realtors specializing in Oakland County Real Estate. Stephanie is an agent with Max Broock in Birmingham, Michigan. See what past clients have to say about Stephanie Lang.  Lang Premier Properties looks out for your best interests when you purchase a new custom luxury home. We always recommend working with an experienced luxury real estate agent when buying a new luxury estate.

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