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Reston Lakes: Protecting America's Lake Shorelines

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Uploaded on Dec 6, 2011

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This video showcases a successful lakeshore protection project in Reston, Virginia, that was spearheaded by the Reston Association in cooperation with lakeshore property owners. The Reston Association encouraged the use of innovative techniques, including the installation of coconut fiber biologs and the planting of natural vegetation, to protect lake shoreline habitat and reduce runoff. The National Lakes Assessment, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010, showed that poor shoreline habitat and runoff from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution were key stressors in the nation's lakes. This case study can serve as a model for other communities interested in protecting their lakeshores from erosion and runoff, which degrade water quality and decrease lake property values. For more information visit epa.gov/owow/lakes.

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