TO: WATERFRONT PROPERTY OWNERS
FROM: SCOTT FRANK – SHAWANO COUNTY CONSERVATIONIST
SUBJECT: FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SHORELAND RESTORATION & RAIN GARDENS
Careful use of land surrounding our lakes and streams is essential to protect one of Shawano County’s greatest assets – clean water. Good water quality is also necessary for many wildlife species and providing us with recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating and swimming.
Shawano County’s Shoreland Restoration Program provides cost-sharing of 50% (up to $2,500 per property) for the voluntary installation of shoreland restoration projects. Project proposals throughout Shawano County will be considered. Rain Gardens can also be an eligible practice depending on the needs of the site.
Natural shorelands contain a mixture of native grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees that help filter polluted runoff and provide essential habitat for animals in the water and on the land. Native plants have an extremely deep root system which helps control erosion, promote infiltration and once established require very little maintenance. Vegetation along the shoreline also creates a biological barrier to deter Canada Geese from coming on to the land.
In 2014 the first shoreland restoration project was installed at Whispering Pines Retreat on the North Shore of Shawano Lake followed by a 2015 installation at the Hubertus property on Long Lake, a 2016 installation at the Freiberg property on Lower Red Lake, and 2017 installations at Mathison properties on the Wolf River and at GLAS Coffeehouse on the outlet channel of Shawano Lake. I recommend you check them out.
Funding is still available. If you have an interest is this type of project for your property, please contact me. I look forward to working with you.
For more information on this opportunity please contact:
Shawano County Land Conservation Department