Shoreline Protection

River water quality and ecosystem health depend on a natural shoreline.


Did You Know?

  • A natural shoreline reduces erosion and provides habitat for diverse flora and fauna.
  • It also filters polluting runoff and prevents toxic blue-green algae growth, making it safer for us to swim, fish, boat, and enjoy other activities.
  • Municipal by-laws in Chelsea, La Pêche (chapter 19), and Cantley require a 15 m buffer zone of native vegetation be maintained, yet most of the shoreline lacks that important buffer. A 5 m wide cleared strip is allowed for river access.
  • Private boat launches are not permitted because they allow rain runoff to flow directly into the river.
  • A permit is required to install a dock.
  • Boat wakes can travel over 150 m, damaging the sensitive clay shoreline along the narrow river. As a result of erosion from boat wakes, many waterfront residents have built unnatural rock, wood, and concrete retaining walls.



So, why and how this shoreline zone  is so important ?  Here are the essential functions that a shoreline performs :

What We’re Doing

shoreline surveys

Our program to survey the shoreline for buffer zone clearings and private boat launches.

shoreline regeneration project

We are supporting a project to help private waterfront property owners regenerate their shorelines. To get advice and access native plants, shrugs and trees for your shoreline, contact

shoreline protection awareness

Our Shoreline Protection Awareness Program, funded by the La Pêche Green Fund, will deliver an educational brochure and workshops for residents and municipal employees.

What You Can Do

reduce impact on water quality

Waterfront residents can reduce negative impact on the water quality by managing run off, maintaining a good septic system, eliminating household toxins, building fauna friendly docks etc.


minimize boat wakes

Slow down when boating to reduce your wake.

maintain a shoreLine buffer

If you live on the water, maintain a 15 meter buffer zone of native vegetation along your shoreline and don’t use fertilizers or pesticides.

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