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Evaluation of Cladophora, erosion and greenbelt on Lake Munro in northern Michigan.

By Catrina Smith


LimnologyLake Munro is a unique lake as the composition of the riparian zone varies a great deal along the lake's shoreline. The large amount of variation is attributable to the differences in management techniques on different shores of the lake. Much of the northern and western shoreline is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and maintained as state forest land, while the majority of the eastern shoreline is developed for housing. These two managing techniques have very different effects on the riparian zone in either of their respective sections. In order to quantify differences in a riparian zone, the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council created a green belt score, which is determined by the presence and density of vegetation. A higher green belt score is then synonymous with a stronger riparian zone

Year: 2014
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