Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Protect Your Waterfront Property

If you live on a lake, river or by the ocean, then you probably already know how lucky you are. (And you may hear me sighing as I sit in my little yard in the middle of Ottawa's suburbia.)

Having a home -- or a cottage -- by a body of water means wonderful sunsets, the call of loons, summertime fun on the waves...and shoreline maintenance. There are plenty of things you'll want to do to protect your shoreline and safeguard the value of your investment, while saving time, money, and the environment.

Here's a handy checklist to follow. It outlines actions you can take at the shoreline, in the yard, in the home and with your boat. The list originally appeared in the handbook of the Living by Water project, called On the Living Edge: Your Handbook to Waterfront Living. (Nature Canada is the national coordinator of the project.)