A Guide for Buying and Managing Shoreland
Section 7: Sustaining Shoreland Ecosystems
Sustainable shoreland ecosystems promote a healthy community, environment, and economy.
Sustainable quality of life
- A high quality of life can be achieved through low impact development that meets communities' social and economic needs while sustaining high-quality natural resources.
Water quality and watershed protection and management
- Watershed-wide impacts and benefits need to be considered in all land use decisions.
- All surface water needs to have healthy buffer/filter strips along the shoreline to reduce and slow runoff and to filter the remaining runoff and increase infiltration.
- Land use beyond the filter strip also needs to be carefully managed.
- Healthy wetland complexes are critical to good water quality.
- Preservation and restoration of native vegetation on shorelines and throughout the watershed provides a diverse plant community and healthy aquatic and upland habitats.
Natural resource protection and balanced land use
- Residential communities that preserve natural vegetation and habitats improve the environment.
- Development in the entire watershed needs to follow established best management practices.
- Sustainable farming practices are critical to having a balanced and healthy natural environment.
- Commercial development needs to be integrated into the environment and done in a way that minimizes negative effects on the natural environment.
- Outdoor recreation is dependent on a healthy and attractive environment.
- Recreation pursuits should allow people to enjoy the outdoors without damaging the environment.
Visual quality protection
- A healthy ecosystem with sensitive development, areas of native vegetation, natural shorelines, and good habitats for birds and wildlife provides a visually attractive environment.