Keep Lake Huron Coasts natural for healthy habitat and enjoyment
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Lake Huron is the third largest freshwater lake in the world and provides habitat and drinking water to millions around the lake. Tourists and families visit for the beaches, swimming driving economic benefits and recreational enjoyment.
Unfortunately , high and low water levels and lack of understanding about lake water processes causes fear and reactionary steps to protect shorelines from storm water erosion processes. These armour stone walls have consequences and are not long term solutions to the Lake Huron water forces. In fact there is a lifecycle to the wall when it does fail. In the intervening period, when wave forces touch the wall, there is scouring further deepening the near shore beach, causing progressively worse wave forces. For the public, this means shoreline walking is blocked, sand is washed away , sand replenishment is blocked and the historic natural sand beaches and adjacent natural features and habitat are lost.
Shoreline protection devices should be an exception not a common practice with consequences and accountability for impacts to habitat and upstream/downstream lake shore features.
- we need more education and awareness, stringent coastal engineering studies to mitigate design and coastal impacts when used, sand replenishment and habitat protection.
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