Lakes, Rivers, and Streams
Mille Lacs Lake
Buffers & Erosion
Streambank and lakeshore protection involves using vegetation or materials such as riprap or gabions to stabilize stream, river or ditch banks or lake or reservoir shores, protecting them from erosion or sloughing. It also includes removing snags or debris from banks and channels to improve stream flow and minimize bank erosion caused by high-velocity water flowing around the obstructions.
Sediment loading is a major water quality concern in Minnesota, and streambank erosion is a significant source of sediment in some Minnesota landscapes. Streambank and lakeshore protection is especially important for restoring and protecting surface water quality in these landscapes.
Why protect streambanks and lakeshores?
- Stabilizes banks and shores, preventing further erosion and degradation
- Improves water quality by reducing sediment loads in surface waters
- Helps maintain the capacity of waterways to handle floodwaters, preventing flood damage to utilities, roads, buildings and other facilities
- May aid compliance with Minnesota drainage laws and shoreland regulations
- May avoid or lower landowner or government expenses for dredging sediment from lakes and drainage ditches
- Enhances habitat for fish and other aquatic species by improving water quality and moderating water temperature
- Creates cover for wildlife if vegetation is used
- Beautifies banks and shorelines
Rivers & Streams
Rivers and Streams are forever changing. The Rum River watershed and significant tributaries of the Snake River begin in Mille Lacs County. What occurs in these watersheds not only affects the water resources used by the citizens of Mille Lacs County, but also affect the water resources of other Minnesotans living downstream in the Mississippi and St. Croix River corridors.
The Rum River runs from Lake Mille Lacs through Mille Lacs, Isanti, and Anoka Counties before it drains into the Mississippi River. Thousands of people enjoy this river for fishing and canoeing every year. Many of those who do not use the river appreciate...