Ottawa – July 10, 2014 - The Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (CSW) and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) are launching the 2014 season of their Love Your Lake program with returning regional partners - the Muskoka Watershed Council, City of Greater Sudbury, Lakeland Alliance and new partner the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners’ Association.
Love Your Lake is a shoreline survey and stewardship program that provides shoreline property owners with resources to help improve the health of their shoreline and their lake. This program is coordinated by CWF and CSW, who work with regional partners and lake associations to deliver it locally.
Regional partners will work with local lake associations in Sudbury, Muskoka, Eastern Ontario, Haliburton and Kawarthas to be part of the program. Trained staff will assess shorelines of participating lakes by boat on a property-by-property basis using a standardized Shoreline Survey Protocol. Property owners will receive access to a confidential personalized property report about the state of their unique shoreline. Each personalized report includes voluntary actions the property owner can take to improve their shoreline health. Lake associations will also receive a general lake level report with voluntary community level stewardship opportunities.
Shorelines are one of the most unique places on earth and people’s influences can have a huge impact on these delicate interfaces. Daily actions by all individuals can help conserve our lakes. Keeping shorelines healthy and natural is the easiest way to protect water quality. This not only helps maintain or improve property values but also provides cleaner, clearer water for recreational activities like swimming and boating.
“Landowners do love their lake,” says CSW’s Program and Communications Coordinator Kelsey Jensen, “but they often ask what specific steps they can take for better, more natural, care of their waterfronts. The simple suggestions offered through the Love Your Lake program answer this question with several voluntary, cost-effective solutions appropriate to each unique property.”
“The Love Your Lake program builds on one of the pillars of CWF’s work by encouraging people to be good stewards of our natural world,” says David Browne CWF’s Director of Conservation. “Shoreline property owners really do love their lake. The program gives them the information and tools that they need to improve their shoreline health, so they can keep enjoying a healthy lake.”
For additional resources, action checklists, a shoreline self-assessment, sponsorship opportunities and ways you can get involved, visit LoveYourLake.ca. You can also enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Lee Valley. Just upload a photo of how you love your lake (swimming, fishing, boating or even relaxing by the water) and use #LoveYourLake. Check LoveYourLake.ca for more details.
About the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds
The Centre for Sustainable Watersheds is a national non-profit charitable organization that works with landowners, communities, and organizations to enhance and protect lakes and rivers through developing effective, transferable, long-term solutions. CSW envisions people caring for their waters, resulting in clean, healthy lakes and rivers to support humans and wildlife for years to come. Learn more at www.watersheds.ca.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
For more information, contact:
Programs and Communications Coordinator
Centre for Sustainable Watersheds
Canadian Wildlife Federation