Click to enlarge photosHawksnest Pond is like LakeWingra 150 years ago. But in Madison, there are few areas of natural shoreline left to remind us of the importance of this buffer.
Shoreline vegetation not only prevents erosion--shade also helps keep the water oxygenated, provides wildlife habitat, and presents a more pleasing view from the water.
Once invasive species get established on eroded banks, they can easily spread via the water.
In Madison--more effective shore protection is needed
Here are some recent examples, showing that current policies don't protect shorelines and waterways:
North shore of Lake Wingra, 1/3/11. Some native shrubs were cut.
This strip is owned and managed by owner of the house.
Erosion along creek feeding L. Wingra, near Nakoma Rd and Cherokee Dr, 6/9/08.