Enhancing Shoreline Habitat
  • Shoreline Management Overview
  • Shoreline Regulation
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Shoreline Management Overview
  • Shoreline Regulation
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Shoreline Management Overview
  • Shoreline Regulation
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Shoreline Management Overview
  • Shoreline Regulation
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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    Shoreline Management Overview

    Lake ViewIf you lived in the city your whole life and finally realized your dream of retiring to that lakefront property, you probably imagined yourself sitting on the deck enjoying a spectacular view of the lake. But what if the property you bought has trees or shrubs obstructing the view? What if the shoreline is weedy?

    Before you start removing any vegetation it would be a good idea to do a little research. It's generally not a good idea to use the same landscaping techniques on your lakefront property that you used on your city property. It might take a little adjustment to get used to a more natural look if you're used to a weed-free, manicured lawn. The links below will explain why it's so important to keep you shoreline property as natural as possible.

    Your shoreline is just one small part of a system and the land management decisions of every waterfront landowner in the system has an effect on the water's health. Shoreline development in southern Ontario is having a serious impact on water quality and aquatic life. More and more, waterfront homeowners who once had the same lovely vision as you did are now finding toxic algae blooms, weed overgrowth, eroding shorelines and very few fish left in their formerly beautiful lakes. Lake associations across the province are now working hard to educate members on how to restore health to their lakes. Please see our webpage about Enhancing Shoreline Habitat for additional information.

    Your local Conservation Authority is responsible for issuing permits for any alteration to wetlands and shorelines. Before you begin any restoration projects, please contact them to make sure you're not breaking the law. To learn more about the regulations, read their brochure. Many conservation authorities have programs and special grants to support shoreline restoration so it's worth checking their websites.

    Nature Canada's Living By Water guidelines provide a variety of information, resources and links about maintaining healthy shorelines. Here you will find some points to consider even before you purchase a waterfront property. If you've already bought a property with an altered shoreline, you can learn tips about how to give your shoreline a makeover using native plants and other measures to prevent erosion.

    A Shoreline Owner's Guide to Lakeland Living is an excellent, comprehensive, 32-page guide to waterfront living produced by an alliance of conservation organizations and government agencies. Visit the Lakeland Alliance website for information about programs in their region.

    Sustainable Lakeshore Living & Shoreline Naturalization tells you how you can work with nature and minimize your impact on the shoreline. This excellent 7-page information sheet was prepared by the director of the Kawartha Lake Stewards Association.

    An Example of a Shoreline Buffer Plan, including suggestions for native shrubs and trees, has been published by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

    The Importance of Healthy Shorelines, published by the Lower Beverly Lake Association, is an excellent resource for restoring your waterfront. Restoring Healthy Shorelines is a fact sheet produced by Peterborough Green Up. It provides excellent advice on naturalizing your shoreline.

    For planned projects near water Fisheries and Oceans Canada provides advice related to the Canada Fisheries Act. Ontario has several pieces of legislation that can restrict certain activities close to water. This Fact Sheet provides an excellent summary of Ontario’s legislation how it may affect your plans for activities in and around water. Water is a precious resources on which all life depends.

    The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA) offers a variety of fact sheets and videos relevant to waterfront living.  FOCA represents over 550 cottagers' associations in Ontario. To find a link your association, view the FOCA member page.

    The Shore Primer, prepared by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, explains how to save your lake from premature aging. It provides details on how to restore your shoreline. They have also published The Dock Primer for those who want to build a shore friendly dock, of low risk to fish habitat.

    The Centre for Sustainable Watersheds provides a wealth of information, resources and expertise to waterfront homeowners. They also provide training through their Living by Water program, including a Shoreline Survey program, a Realtor Program and a wide variety of workshops.

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    Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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