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Chicago Botanic Gardens Returns Shoreline to Nature
In 1998 a shoreline study revealed that 80% of Chicago Botanic Gardens North Lake shores were experiencing moderate to severe erosion. In 2000, the Gardens began restoring its shorelines by creating shallow-water “shelves” to allow shoreline plants to flourish.

These plantings not only helped to stabilize the erosion, but have helped to increase water quality which was affected by excessive nutrient loading and other factors. The plants have provided both form and function throughout the year, while filtering excess nutrients and enhancing habitat for frogs, turtles, fish, mussels, aquatic insects, and resident and migratory birds.

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