Lake Erie is the epicenter of life on the North Coast. We love her temperate breezes in the summer and endure the gales of November. Sheets of ice, lake effect snow and numbing squalls will greet January's ice-fishing crowds. Best of all, the return of spring and the migration of raptors and neo-tropical migrant birds.
|The Marblehead Lighthouse|
The lake giveth, and she takes away. Our freshly groomed shores of Lakeside took a bit of a beating this fall. An ambitious November storm, a Nor'easter, chewed on the landscape we planted in late summer. Waves blew up over the rocky shoreline and re-distributed topsoil and gravel onto the lawn.
Schizachyrium scoparium held the earth in place against the waves. If only the other deep-rooted prairie plants had more than a month to become established before the storms! Then, they too might have fared better in the defense of our shore.
|Shoreline project before the storms of November.|
Fortunately, we allowed for that possibility and chose to keep plantings (and potential losses) to a minimum. The grass line remains and demonstrates how vegetation is a key component in the fight against erosion.
Who can know what other abuses the lake plans to hand out this winter? Once the ice forms, the land will be less susceptible to Erie's angry waves. Recently some of the lakeshore parks in Cleveland have also reported the first large scale storm erosion they have seen in years. We will watch and see, while planning logical steps to minimize future erosion and damage to our shoreline.
The lake giveth, and she takes away.