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Waterway protection Placing erosion control structures on Great Lakes

The area where land and water meet on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior is the most critical space for fish and wildlife habitat and for recreational use. Great Lakes shorelines have many coastal influences that are more like oceans than our thousands of inland lakes. The department understands landowner and municipality concerns about structures that may be at risk from bluff and dune erosion on the Great Lakes and recognizes the large investments residents have in their homes. Shore protection projects are a significant investment and have the potential to impact neighboring properties and the nearshore environment. This information can help landowners invest wisely and protect the Great Lakes environment.

Determine the requirements for temporary and permanent Great Lakes shoreline projects.

Learn about the processes that cause erosion on the Great Lakes.

Contact information
Questions about placing material in the Great Lakes for erosion control should be directed to the water management specialist for your area.
» County water management specialists
Last revised: Monday June 19 2017