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Shoreline Protection is all about keeping our lakes and rivers healthy, while helping you protect your waterfront against shoreline issues.

What are the common shoreline issues in the Kawarthas?

  • Erosion
  • Ice damage
  • Canada geese
  • Increased aquatic plant growth
  • Water quality
  • Blue-green algae
  • Wildlife habitat loss

What is contributing to these issues?

One of the most significant factors is the removal of native plants (trees, shrubs, grasses and other vegetation) from the shoreline. Shorelines with little vegetation are less protected from erosion, ice damage, and Canada geese. They also allow rainwater to carry more sediments and nutrients (such as phosphorus and nitrogen) directly into your lake or river. This contributes to more aquatic plant growth, blue-green algae outbreaks, and a buildup of sediments over fish spawning beds.

What can you do?

You can start today by not cutting your lawn to the water's edge. This no-mow zone is your first step in protecting your shoreline. Click here for more on creating a no-mow zone. You can also enhance your shoreline by adding native plants with deep roots.

We can help

Knowledgeable staff can help you take action!

  • Not sure where to start? Schedule a free onsite consultation and receive personalized advice for enhancing your properties and protecting water quality.
  • For training opportunities and workshops, please see our events page for current listings.

Programs and Services

Access programs and services to help you take action:


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 Shoreline Demonstration Sites

Visit a naturalized shoreline and see how you can improve your own


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 Seedling Program

Purchase native trees, shrubs, and grasses for your projects 


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 Shoreline Protection

Get free advice and information on protecting waterfronts from common shoreline issues


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 Scugog WATER Fund

Apply for a grant to help with projects on your property in Durham Region within the Kawartha Watershed



 Native Plant Distribution Program

Learn more about the Native Plant Distribution Program.