The university has made significant and visible progress on the Lake Restoration
Project. In spring 2007, the landscaping and grounds crew stopped mowing within
the perimeter of the walking trail on the north and western shores. This resulted
in a flush of shoreline vegetation that acted as an important buffer to runoff
and as a deterrent to waterfowl. In Spring 2008, EarthDesign began "Phase
I" of the Restoration Project along the north shore. This was completed
with the opening of the Southern Living Home, now the Shi Center for Sustainability
at Cliffs Cottage.
In addition, the lake continues to be the focus of research on wetlands restoration.
In spring 2010, two Ecology classes conducted projects to measure the response
of the lake system to the restoration effort. For an overview of the progress in these areas and to see the most recent reports by our Ecology students, visit the subsites on the menu.
The western shore of the lake: mown to the eroded shoreline in summer 2006 (left), regrown with natural vegetation in summer 2008 after mowing was stopped (center), and a rendition by EarthDesign of the area after restoration, showing a zone of semi-aquatic plants that will help restore the eroded bank (right).