Shorefront Erosion: Do You Have it?
The purpose of this quiz is to help you determine if you have erosion or runoff issues on your lakefront property. After you submit your quiz, we'll contact you to set up a technical assistance site visit.
Which lake are you on?
Great East Lake
Pine River Pond
Which of these best describes any gullying occurring at your property?
I have deep gulleys, especially in thunderstorms (more than 3 inches deep).
My gulleys are big, but it's not a total blowout (1 to 3 inches deep).
When it rains, there is channelized flow occuring on my property, causing small gulleys or moving pine needles/fine soils. (<1 inch deep).
When it rains there is no gullying or channelized flow.
What do the tree roots on your property look like?
My roots are mostly above ground, they look really dry and dead (or, I have hardly any trees).
My roots are a bit of a tripping hazard, and they are gnarled above the soil.
My roots are a little bit exposed, but it's the normal amount for trees.
My trees go straight in the ground, with little/none of the roots above the soils.
What does your shoreline look like?
It's undercut, and it seems to get closer each year. There's no armoring or vegetation. OR It's a beach with severe gulleying.
It's undercut by a few feet, but above the undercut everything looks normal. OR The sands on my beach move around when it rains.
It's a bit barren or eroded, but there's very little or no undercutting. OR I have a stable or perched beach.
My shoreline is armored and/or heavily vegetated. No waves are getting through there and stealing my soil!
What is the size of your driveway and parking area?
It can hold 7-9 cars
It can hold 10+ cars
It can only fit a few cars
It can hold 4-6 cars
How does your driveway handle big rain events?
I have some rutting and gulleying, or I maintain it one or two times a year, but it's fine unless you have a low car.
My driveway is either paved or designed in such a way that there are no washouts or ruts.
The fine materials seem to flow away, leaving the driveway bony, but in decent shape. I have to do maitnenance every few years.
It doesn't handle them at all, there's a massive blowout every time there's a storm.
What level of vegetation does your property have?
I can't get a blade of grass to grow, everything I plant dies, or everything I plant is washed away/beaten down by foot
I have a few trees, and a bit of grass, but none of it's really thriving
I have mostly grass or grass and a few shrubs, everything seems to grow fine and there isn't much erosion
My property is like a natural forest, everything seems to grow fine and there isn't any erosion.
What's your access to the water like?
The soil is completely bare and is muddy when it rains.
The soil is mostly bare, with clumps of pine needles and moderate erosion.
The soil is mostly covered by pine needles, stone, or mulch with little sign of erosion.
The soil is completely covered by pine needles, stone, or mulch of with no sign of erosion.
How much of your property is taken up by roof space (house, garage, sheds, porch, deck etc)
What does it looks like under the eaves/gutters of your house?
It's scoured out a few inches deep.
Theres a small pitted line where the water falls.
There's a bare spot where the water drops, but it hasn't started scouring out soil.
My roof runoff drops onto a velocity break like a rock, or into a layer of crushed stone.
What type of soil do you have?
It's mostly sand.
It's sand with a layer of loam on top, or mostly sand with loam mixed in.
It's a mix of sand, loam, clay and rocks.
It's mostly loam and stones, and tends to stay put when it rains.
What is your name?
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