Healthy shorelines are vital to maintaining the overall health of Otty Lake. Shorelines help filter pollutants, protect against erosion, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife.
A buffer is a permanent strip of vegetation along the shore that protects the water body from human impacts or natural processes. Otty Lake shoreline property owners can help keep our lake healthy by planting and maintaining a healthy shoreline buffer. Native shrubs and trees are adapted to local conditions, require no maintenance, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. For more, please see “The Importance of Vegetated Shoreline Buffers” by Murray Hunt.
Derek Smith explains further why shoreline buffers are important to Otty Lake in particular in "The importance of vegetated shoreline buffer zones around Otty Lake".
The “Lake Protection Workbook: A Self-Assessment Tool for Shoreline Property Owners” was released in 2019. It is designed for you to self-assess whether activities and uses on your property are protecting Otty Lake. Your property is important to the overall health of our lake - every action matters. The OLA purchased some printed copies of this workbook also. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your Area Counsellor if you would like one.
The condition of the Otty Lake shoreline directly impacts on the health of Otty Lake. The Otty Lake Shoreline Assessment Summary Report, completed in the spring of 2015, is a new resource that provides baseline data that will help in the planning of future Otty Lake shoreline stewardship activities. The Report is a lake-wide summary of the information gathered through the 2013 Love Your Lake surveying of 474 Otty Lake shoreline properties (totaling 93.3 % of the Otty Lake shoreline). See the report.
In 2010, the OLA distributed 525 copies of the “Otty Lake Shoreline Handbook” to property owners around the lake. In this binder is practical information and references on healthy shorelines, wells, septic systems, wildlife and more. A number of updates have been provided to the handbook via the summer information packages.
An electronic version is available here >>>
The OLA has offered shoreline plants to OLA members at a subsidized cost most years since 2009. These could be shrubs, wildflowers or both.
The trees and shrubs offered in 2021 sold out quickly, as this has been a very popular program. Thanks to the RVCA for making this possible.
The Love Your Lake Property Surveys done in summer 2013 and distributed in the spring of 2014 offer property specific recommendations on how to maintain your shoreline.
Explore the Love Your Lake website for more on why to naturalize and information on a wide variety of shoreline topics: permits, plants to choose, wildlife, invasive species, retaining walls etc. Some years there is funding available for individual property owners or for lake associations to undertake projects, for example through the 2021 Microgrant program.
Here are two examples from a 2014 Love your Lake program that offered free shoreline naturalizations to a number of properties. Seven property owners were selected to take advantage of the consultation, planting plan, plants and planting assistance available through the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds.
|Reducing erosion into a wetland.||Naturalization on a developed property.|