Shorelines are some of the most ecologically productive places on Earth. They support plants, microorganisms, insects, amphibians, birds, mammals and fish. The first 10 to 15 metres of land surrounding lakes and rivers is responsible for 90% of lake life born, raised and fed in these areas. In addition, these areas are up to 500% more diverse than other areas upland from lakes and rivers.
As a shoreline property owner, YOUR influences can have a huge impact on this delicate interface. But how do you know if your shoreline is healthy? What actions can you take to maintain or improve the health of your waterfront area?
The Love Your Lake Program
The Love Your Lake program assesses the health of your lake and encourages lakefront residents to take stewardship action.
Love Your Lake provides resources and training to local organizations, which enables them to deliver engaging and effective programs to help landowners protect and restore their shorelines, benefitting the property and improving the health of their lake and wildlife habitat.
Each waterfront property owner on the lake will receive a property-specific report that includes an assessment of the waterfront area as well as detailed actions that the property owner can take to protect this valuable habitat.
This peer-reviewed program is standardized for use in Ontario. In the future, the program will be rolled out across Canada for a consistent approach to evaluating shorelines and reaching shoreline property owners.
Love Your Lake in Muskoka
In Muskoka, MWC is the delivery agent for the program with the assistance of The District Municipality of Muskoka. But we can’t do it alone!
MWC and DMM would like to work with lake associations to carry out the program. We rely on lake associations to provide the one-on-one contact with their members that is the cornerstome of the program. Is your lake interested in participating? Is your lake association able to provide volunteers to assist with contact and outreach activities? If yes, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Love Your Lake website
- Canadian Wildlife Federation – Love Your Lake
- Watersheds Canada – Love Your Lake