Activities along the coast impact fish, plants and wildlife. Wetland, marshes and coastal plants naturally occur in certain coastal areas. This plant growth is a natural process that plays an important role in revitalizing habitats particularly for certain fish, bird species. However, some vegetation, such as the invasive plant Phragmites, has also impeded the view and access to the water’s edge.
If you own property along Michigan’s Great Lakes coast then the Along the Shore booklet is for you. Michigan Sea Grant developed an easy-to-follow guide to help shoreline property owners understand regulated and non-regulated activities, the ordinary high water mark and public trust land. The booklet highlights the value of coastal wetlands and recognizes the need for a balance that both allows property owners to access the water and recognizes the value of this important natural resource.