WACF Shoreline Survey

The Healthy Shoreline Committee conducted an informal survey of the entire Lake Wawasee shoreline in the Summer of 2014. The purpose of the shoreline survey was to inventory how many properties had existing cement seawalls and/or glacial stone facing, and identify any natural areas and beaches. The WPOA directory was used to identify properties by Pier numbers. A legend was developed for six categories of shoreline, and the results were summarized in a spreadsheet for comparative purposes. The results below show that approximately 33% of the entire shoreline properties are comprised of glacial stone, beach, and natural shoreline. The remaining 65% of the shoreline is faced with concrete seawalls.

Concrete Glacial Stone Beach Natural Aquatic Wetland
Number of Properties 597 197 99 8 20 0
Percentage by Category  65% 21% 11% 1% 2% 0%

Note that the 2% Aquatic percentage does not count in that total because those are properties that have aquatic vegetation along with one of the other shoreline categories.

These results were used to develop a full size color aerial map of the Lake Wawasee shoreline, denoting each Pier by category and by color code on the aerial. Additionally the Conklin Bay and Johnson Bay wetlands are now included on the map. Then the boundary of the entire Turkey Creek watershed was highlighted on the map to illustrate the size of our xxxxx acre watershed, including all WACF properties.

The next step is to conduct a survey of the Syracuse Lake shoreline, using the same approach as above. These results will be added to the aerial map this Fall/Winter for a complete view of shoreline status. To increase the accuracy of the survey results, the entire shorelines of both lakes, including wetland areas, will be measured for actual distances, and converted to actual percentages.

Our intention is to develop an effective visual representation of areas that could be identified for potential shoreline enhancement projects. This approach makes it easier to see where it may be possible to complete an entire shoreline project, or identify areas that would provide the greatest benefit for the ecosystem, property residents, and recreational activities.

The Healthy Shoreline Committee will also continue to research and promote the real benefits of such restoration projects, and will seek out area participants to reach our 50% in 5 year goal for re-establishing natural shorelinse. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about this effort.