MINNETONKA, Minn. -- "This is an opportunity for residents to take action and help improve their lakes," said Brett Eidum, with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

What we're talking about is lakeshore design. Frequently new homes or landscapes will put a row of rocks along the shoreline to help prevent erosion. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed district sees this as a missed opportunity and is asking shoreline residents to do more and build a native plant garden. Adding these gardens can help our lakes.

"They also treat the rainfall running off the property from any impervious surfaces like the roof or driveway. This native planted area will filter some of that, infiltrate some of it before it goes directly into the lake," said Brett.

Native plants are better than just laying down sod.

"Your average lawn has an average 3 to 4-inch root system, that's all that's holding the sediment under it. These plants, their root systems can be 4 or 5 feet long. So when they work together and hold it back, it really strengthens and sustains the longevity of the shoreline edge."

Homeowners are also seeing another benefit, no geese!

"It deters geese from coming up, when they don't see a clear path from the water to the mainland it deters them from landing, crawling around your property and leaving something behind," said Brett.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is currently providing planning, construction, and financial assistance to lakeshore homeowners who want to redesign their shoreline.

Learn More about Lake Shore gardens here:

Guide to Shorelines Gardens

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District