February 28, 2017
East Bay Suites and Cook County Soil & Water Preservation District are thrilled to announce their Shoreline Restoration Project in Grand Marais. Together with Prairie Restoration Inc., we will ensure that residents and visitors alike can experience the natural beauty of East Bay’s little slice of Lake Superior shoreline for generations to come.
The Shoreline Restoration Project will establish a 4,320 square foot, native planting adjacent to the shore. The planting will provide long-term, ecologically sound native landscape that is perfectly adapted to the site. This native landscape creates a shoreline buffer which provides: protection from erosion, a reduction in sediment input, and improved water quality.
In addition to the reducing shoreline reduction, the planting will also result in more habitat for native birds, butterflies, and pollinators.
Win, win, win, win, win.
The Shoreline Restoration Project is a win for clean water, a win for native flora and fauna, a win for Grand Marais residents, a win for Grand Marais guests, and win for East Bay Suites. We can’t wait to get planting!
Summer of 2016 Completed construction of a new retaining wall shields the shore from harsh wave action, preventing further erosion.
Spring of 2017 Planting of a variety of native meadow grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs begins.
A protective fence will be installed around the perimeter until the plants are established.
Best management practices, monitoring, and routine maintenance by Prairie Restoration will begin in the Summer of 2017 and continue for the following three growing seasons.
What it means for guests of East Bay Suites
For the next three years, the planting area will look like a work in progress, but the resulting native vegetation is best suited for the shoreline’s long-term stability. The ownership of East Bay Suites believes that this short-term disruption is well worth the shoreline’s preservation for generations.
The real stars of the show
Now the answer to the question rolling through your mind: what will it look like when the project is complete?
While we cannot provide a picture-perfect image of the completed project, we can highlight some of the native flowers that will make up a significant part of the restored landscape.
We invite you to stop down anytime to learn more about our Shoreline Preservation Project.