LAKE MORTON SHORELINE IMPROVEMENTS
STABILIZATION PROJECT WILL INCLUDE AQUATIC PLANTS AND UPLAND PLANT SPECIES
LAKELAND, FL (February 26, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will soon be planting aquatic plants as well as grasses and shrubs along an area of shoreline on Lake Morton as part of A long-term shoreline stabilization plan. Curtis Porterfield, Manager of the Lakes & Stormwater Division said, “There is a 150 ft. section of shoreline on the north end of the lake, across from the Chamber of Commerce, in need of immediate repair and this is the area where visitors will see us working.”
Similar to prior aquatic planting efforts of the City, a low-profile fence will be erected on Monday, March 9th so newly planted aquatic vegetation can get established. The green vinyl chain-link fence will be up for approximately one year. Porterfield said, “Because of the abundance of waterfowl on Lake Morton, the pressure on new plants is extremely high. For this reason, a perimeter fence is needed to ensure successful plant growth.”
Native aquatic and upland species of plants will be used as a natural shoreline stabilizer very similar to other areas around Lake Morton that have already been established. A portion of the geofabric that is in place now will be removed so visitors around Lake Morton may see a piece of heavy equipment in the area for a few hours before the fence is installed.