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Larry Nielson, Village Manager in Paw Paw, spoke about how the Village is cleaning up Maple Lake. Much of the dirty, murky water was from shore erosion that flowed into the Paw Paw River and subsequently into Maple Lake. For the last 3 years the Village government has been working with landowners along the river north of Paw Paw to put in natural shorelines. This has markedly reduced the silt from shoreline erosion that was washing downstream into Maple Lake. The Village has also been working at replacing their mowed grass on Maple Island with a buffer zone of natural shoreline. He said it has reduced the goose poop on the island because the geese avoid the taller natural grasses! So there is another good reason to put in a natural shoreline where possible.
There are many resources for people interested in putting in natural shorelines.
The Van Buren Conservation District published a great booklet "Landscaping for Water Quality".
Here are some helpful websites:
This post submitted by Marcia Ellis, LOW resident.