Chautauqua Lake Shoreline Naturalization

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This project featured landscape architectural design and plantings for numerous current shoreline mitigation efforts along the Institution’s shoreline.  Much of the shoreline was straightened and hardened over the past century and this effort aims to re-naturalize as much as possible. The combined segments represent over 500 linear feet of restored shoreline areas. Efforts break down the hard, straight lake edge and introduce large natural boulders, pockets of new wetlands with aquatic habitat locations, and extensive native shoreline plantings to assist in stabilizing the bank and intercepting the stormwater run-off.  Existing pipe outflows are being consolidated and eliminated wherever possible and shortened at the lake edge to establish rain garden areas for proper filtration of the stormwater outflows. These projects are a recommendation from the earlier Sustainable Shoreline Action Plan.