The following information was taken from https://www.beshore.ca/ a website originating through the CHA that provides important information about why naturalizing your shoreline is important to all of us on Horseshoe Lake.
Did you know that:
· These pollutants can result in:
Natural shorelines: Improve wildlife habitat, prevent land erosion and most importantly….
Reduce the risks to the long-term water quality associated with Pollutants
To better understand how our actions can impact the health of our lake, we encourage you to read any of the following resources from FOCA and the CHA:
Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations (FOCA)
Coalition of Haliburton County Property Owners Associations (CHA) –
What Can You Do To Help?
· Do not use fertilizers and pesticides as they can run off into the lake.
· Do what you can on your property. While research indicates that a 30m ribbon of naturalized shoreline is the optimal in contributing positively to the health of the lake, consider how you might simply increase the amount of natural shoreline (maybe just an additional 5 metre ribbon) on your property this year. For ideas on what you can plant, the CHA has a great tool on their website: https://www.cohpoa.org/shoreline-health/shoreline-plant-search/
· You might be able to do the above by just setting out a “no mow zone” for areas that you don’t need access to. Nature will rebound – and you’ll be amazed at some of the wildlife which will show up on your property!
· Leave trees on your shoreline to help filter nutrients before they go into the water.
· If you are planning any tree removal or changes to your shoreline, please review the Haliburton County Shoreline Preservation Bylaw was passed on March 23 2023, effective April 1 2023 to ensure you are in compliance with permits and regulations. Click here to learn more. https://www.haliburtoncounty.ca/en/planning-and-maps/resources/Documents/Shoreline-Preservation-By-law-as-Enacted-March-22-2023_Remediated.pdf
How to help with Naturalized Shorelines:
My Shoreline, Our Lake Bringing the Science Together Presentation Resource List: MyShorelineOurLake-EH!-May 11 2021.pdf
The County of Haliburton is developing a Shoreline Preservation By-law.
Our lakes, rivers and associated natural environmental features support Haliburton's way of life and our stewardship is central to the creation of a Shoreline Preservation By-law. Building on the current policies and by-laws, the County may:
Healthy, natural shorelines on lakes and rivers protect aquatic communities, fish habitat, source water and mitigates flooding.
We encourage all Horseshoe Lake Property Owners to be learn more about this By-law. In our Keeping in Touch dated January 23rd, (see below) I indicated that the Haliburton County Council would be meeting to discuss the public consultation process for the draft Shoreline Preservation Bylaw. Council met on January 27th and have decided to put the public consultation process on hold and are moving forward with an RFP to hire an independent consultant to further the process. We will post further updates on our website as they become available.
To review the draft bylaw and associated schedules, click here https://wadein.haliburtoncounty.ca/shoreline-preservation-by-law
To learn more about the discussion at County Council on January 27th,click here: https://mindentimes.ca/news/county-to-hire-consultant-for-shoreline-bylaw