North Hero Shoreline Stabilization
FRIENDS OF NORTHERN LAKE CHAMPLAIN WORKS WITH
PRIVATE LANDOWNERS TO IMPLEMENT SHORELINE
RESTORATION IN NORTH HERO, VT
Last spring, FNLC implemented shoreline restoration practices on approximately 150 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline along eastern North Hero. The work was supported through a grant provided by the VT Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) and was complemented with landowner matching funds. We partnered with EcoSolutions, LLC for site preparation, excavating and stone step construction, and Greenleaf Design, LLC for site design and planting. Project work began in the fall of 2020 and the restoration was completed in the spring of 2021.
Bioengineering techniques using native vegetation, fiber coir rolls, fiber erosion control matting, and bank re-sloping were implemented to stabilize the eroding shoreline. The design of the restoration was guided by the VT DEC Lake Wise Program and used native plant species to promote bank and shoreline stabilization in lieu of using stone rip-rap. Shoreline restoration of this type minimizes erosion from stormwater runoff and wave action, while keeping phosphorus containing sediment out of the lake.
For more information on bioengineering techniques for shoreline stabilization, check out the new manual from the VT DEC by clicking the button below.