The intent of this Corporation is to protect, maintain and improve the ground and surface water resources within the Little Rock Lake watershed and adjacent Mississippi River area by encouraging appropriate water use and shore land management practices.
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Native Buffer Program
A natural shoreline is a complex ecosystem that sustains fish and wildlife and protects the entire lake. Native vegetation along the shore acts as a buffer zone, intercepting nutrients and reducing runoff, erosion and sedimentation. Plants growing in and near the water are critical for wildlife and fish habitat and a healthy lakeshore.
Buffer zones solve many problems for home owners:
- Emergent vegetation, like bulrushes and cattails, reduce shoreline erosion caused by wind and boat traffic.
- The natural vegetation serves as a filter strip that helps prevent lawn fertilizer and pesticide runoff from reaching the lake.
- Aquatic vegetation helps purify lake water by removing contaminants and by calming water, which allows suspended soil particles to settle to the lake bottom.
- Buffer zones reduce the amount of fertilizer and herbicide needed on a lakeshore property because the resulting lawn is smaller, and native plants in the buffer zone do not need fertilizer or herbicides.
- Buffer zones reduce the acreage of lawn and the amount of time needed for mowing and lawn maintenance.
- Unmowed wildflowers, grasses, and sedges along the shore create a biological barrier that will deter Canada geese from loitering on the lawn.
Since August 2009, the Little Rock Lake Association has partnered with the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) on our Native Buffer Program. Members assist with the design, planning, planting and maintenance of residential buffers around the lake and the Little Rock Channel.
Would you like assistance or literature for buffer maintenance?
The Little Rock Lake Association has books, web sites and literature available on native plant identification and weed identification. We have a limited supply, but the books are free for the asking. These are excellent colored, glossy photos of native plants, of our area, to assist with your buffer maintenance. Members are available to provide assistance. Please call Maureen Graber at 320-282-7113 for more details about the program.
More information can also be found on the Native Buffer Program page.