Michigan's Lakes Need Healthier Shorelines
The loss of natural vegetation and excessive development is the biggest threat to the overall health of Michigan Lakes.
The National Lake Assessment (NLA) results indicate that inland lakes across the nation need better care. Overall, the water quality in Michigan's inland lakes is really good. However, the Michigan results of the National Lake Assessment indicate that, lakeshore habitat and physical lakeshore complexity are major stressors for Michigan lakes with over 50% having poor lake habitat complexity. This means our lakes are losing too much natural vegetation both on the land and in the water.
50% of inland lakes have POOR nearshore habitat!
US EPA Webcasts
"Healthy Lakeshores Through Better Shoreline Stewardship",
July 15, 2010
"National Lakes Assessment: Reporting on the Condition of the Nation's Lakes",
January 5, 2010
Status and Trends Inland Lake Habitat Viewer
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
In order to assess the quality of fish habitat across the state’s inland lakes, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Division collects data through its Status and Trends program. This map viewer provides information from the Status and Trends program so that you can assess habitat conditions in individual lakes or in lakes across the state, identify threats to fish habitat, and take action to stop these threats.