Monday June 18, 2018

A Cottager’s Guide to a Healthy Waterfront

Shoreline Primer (DFO, Canada)For many cottagers and other waterfront residents, the quiet spot by the lake is a little bit of paradise where we can relax, play, and enjoy being closer to nature. But it is a special place for another reason too. The zone where the water meets the land is the richest natural environment that most of us will ever come into contact with, and almost certainly the most complex piece of the earth that we will ever have the opportunity to live near and share. Equally important, the waterfront is crucial to your lake’s health, providing oxygen, food, cover and a barrier to contaminants, as well as a living retaining wall for the shoreline.

Why not declare a truce and weave your cottage needs into the natural shoreline? This primer will show you how to protect and nurture the qualities that make it such a special location. It also offers cottagers and other landowners constructive solutions for restoring an altered shoreline to its former health and beauty.

For more information on the Shoreline Primer please visit the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.