Watershed Survey & Education

Mullett Lake Shoreline Survey 2008

MullettLakeShoreSurvey2008 (Download PDF to Read/Print – 30 pages)


Land-Cover Statistics


Cladophora Density


Cladophora Density Statistics


Greenbelts Scores and Relationship to Shoreline Development


Shore Survey Statistics from Northern MI Lakes


The Water’s Edge

The-Waters-Edge (Download the entire PDF to View/Print – 12 pages)


When multiplied around the lake, individual shoreline alterations affect the overall health of Michigan Lakes. – Michigan DNRE



Waterfront Landscapes – Developing Shoreline Greenbelts for Beauty & Water Quality


Illustration provided by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Waterfront-Landscapes (Download PDF Brochure to Share with Others and learn about building a Greenbelt, or maintaining one, on your property.

Shoreline Landscape Design for Water Quality Protection – 6 Steps to a Greenbelt

2013 Aloha Landscape Greenbelt Workshop Presentation by MAPS

LandscapePlanStep 1: Plan & Design Considerations StablizeShoreline

based on slope of your land:

Shorelines with slopes require a wider greenbelt or a rain garden-type greenbelt for a very steep slope.

Mixed vegetation should make up most flat area greenbelts with some rock breakwater.

Step 2: Rocks are firmly seated on the lakeside edge of the greenbelt.

Rooted native plants are left in the stone breakwater to help stabilize the rock bank.

Pockets of soil are created along the top of the breakwater to form rock garden-type spaces to help stabilize the rocks.


Step 3: Design the Planting Area

Group rocks to create garden-type planting spaces.

Add benches or pathways for accent.


Step 4: Prepare the Planting Area

A sinuous border is dug to define the planting area.

Herbicide that does not harm aquatic life is used to kill lawn grass.

Add extra dirt as needed. Sections are marked to plant native grasses, plants and flowering shrubs.


Step 5: Plant the Greenbelt Area

Use lower-maintenance native plants.

Compost is used to enrich lower nutrient soil.

Plants are clustered and spaced to provide an attractive and diverse lower garden appearance.


Step 6: Mulch the Planting Area

A mulch layer is added to help hold water in the greenbelt and facilitate better infiltration.

Mulch also deters weed growth to help plants become established.



Examples of Greenbelts:

Examples of no Greenbelt: