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A shoreline buffer can be as beautiful as a perennial garden. Steve Hall planted this one years ago on his property on Boulder Lake. The roots trap runoff from his home up the hillside and keep the ground firm from the wave action pounding the shore. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

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Rectifying the effect of continued development on the region's lakes isn't about playing the blame game.

It's about grabbing a shovel and digging in.


That's Steve Hall's philosophy. The owner of Shoreline Creations has constructed 30 to 40 buffer zones, rain gardens and shoreline projects in the past few years just to minimize the impact of more people moving to the lakes and building along the fragile shoreline.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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