Living by Water
The shoreline—where land, water, and air meet—is a vital link that provides plants and wildlife the resources they need for life. We, too, rely on shorelines for sustenance. Communities have grown up along the water’s edge and we continue to return to the shore to rest and restore our spirits.
Those of us who live by water experience its magic every day. Our health, our children’s health, and the long term value of our waterfront property depend on how we care for the shore.
Caring for your shoreline means less work—not more. By doing so, you help preserve water quality and safeguard your family’s health. You also help protect the beauty of your paradise, while maintaining its investment value. Extra benefits include more time to relax and enjoy!
Simple Steps to Keep Your Paradise Intact:
- Keep the lot well-treed, don't clear-cut.
- Protect shoreline vegetation; replant areas lacking shrubs and trees with native species.
- Start a buffer strip by leaving some grass uncut near the water.
- Build at least 30 metres away from the shore.
- Give clear instructions to your contractors and monitor their work.
- Avoid spilling fuels, antifreeze, paint thinner or other chemicals on land or water. If you do, clean up quickly!
- Don’t use fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides near the water.
- Use only phosphate-free soaps, detergents and cleaners in your home.
- Pump out your septic tank regularly—every two to three years.
- Extend the life of your septic system by avoiding tank additives and minimizing water consumption.
- Refuel your boat with care. Don’t spill a drop.
- Watch your boat’s wake. It causes erosion