Natural Shoreline Gardens Stop Pollutants Entering Lakes & Waterways

Find out what you can do for Twin, West, Middle, North and Bear Lakes and Bear Creek

Waterfront owners with property on the above waterbodies can stop pollutants from entering their lakes with beautiful Natural Shoreline gardens using native plants.

A free program will be offered on Saturday, August 27, from 1 pm—4:00 pm at the Shore to Shore Girl Scout Office at 1217 E. River Road, Muskegon. The program is offered through the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly with support from the Bear Creek Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. EPA GLNPO, the Delta Institute and the Community Foundation of Muskegon County.

You will learn:

  • How Natural Shoreline Gardens protect lakes and waterways from pollutants that harm your water and even promote algae growth
  • What native plants work best for your site,
  • How to design your natural shoreline garden
  • And how to improve your shoreline for wildlife

Four lucky waterfront owners will receive a free Natural Shoreline Garden Installation. All who attend will receive native plants for their property.

Register at: or contact the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly at 231-591-2324.

Bear Lake Michigan Waterfront Home Owners Gather

Trying something new. Waterfront owners on Bear and Twin Lakes gathered on May 14, at the Walker Community Center in North Muskegon to learn how to reduce nutrients and sediment from entering their lakes. They discovered that Natural Shoreline Gardens were the answer and stepped forward to be among the first property owners to install Natural Shorelines along their waterfronts. Five lucky property owners have had Natural Shoreline Gardens installed for them by the Muskegon Conservation District as part of the Bear Creek Watershed Nutrient Reduction Project.

Program instructors were Certified Natural Shoreline instructors and members of the MRWA Board of Directors.

This program was provided by the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly with support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Community Foundation of Muskegon County.