Ohio’s Lake Erie coastal property owners can take advantage of free technical assistance; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is developing the Lake Erie Shore Erosion Management Plan (LESEMP).
Living shorelines consist of native plants used to soften the transition of our developed land into the nearshore environment. Native plants help to protect the shore from erosion, provide essential habitat, and aid in the management of undesirable wildlife. In the City of Sandusky, we had an opportunity to install a living shoreline at Shoreline Park. The Lake Erie Protection Fund provided the assistance to plant over 700 ft of switchgrass, cordgrass, and little bluestem to the shoreline with the addition of two floating wetlands to improve the natural aesthetics of the park and serve of a model for better shoreline use.