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Want to protect your shoreline and your water
We now offer a number of programs, products and services to help you improve the
health of your shoreline while protecting the value of your property.
Get the information you need to help
solve your shoreline problems!
Keep an eye out for the release of this useful guide for
waterfront residents! On
the Living Edge: Your Handbook for Waterfront Living is filled with
information and tips on topics ranging from construction projects and septic systems, to
boating and docks. This handbook will be regionally adapted, so contact your Regional
Living by Water Co-ordinator for more information.
Need Financial Assistance to Make
VanCity Savings and Credit Union has launched the Living
by Water Loan Program for eligible waterfront residents in BC. You and your shoreline
will benefit from this program which includes a low-fee homesite assessment and a loan
interest rebate for shoreline improvements for your waterfront property. To learn more,
call (604) 877-7000, toll free at 1-888-VanCity, visit your local VanCity branch or check
Book a Homesite Assessment
Whether you live by a creek, pond, river, lake or ocean, a
Homesite Assessment can benefit you! Learn how to help protect your property value and
your water quality. During the 1 to 1 ˝ hour personal visit, a trained Homesite Assessor
from your region will work with you to identify what actions you can take to help keep
your shoreline healthy. Even the smallest changes in your home and your yard can make a
big difference to your waterfront and water quality! For more information or to book an
assessment, contact the National Project office at [email protected]
Check Out Our Selection of Products,
Services and Programs.
Residents Shoreline Action Checklist - Find out what actions you can take to
protect your shoreline, save time and money, and safeguard the value of your investment.
Green Guest Guide. (PDF format) Find out what
actions you or your guests can take when vacationing at the lake, seashore or any other
Importance of Shorelands (PDF).
This two page information sheet details how we all can benefit from healthy, natural
Plants - links to information on invasive plants and how to deal with them.
Shoreline Notes (PDF) - Specially
designed for the residents of Christina Lake, this publication will also be of use to
other lake residents. Includes tips for naturalizing your shoreline, softening a hardened
shoreline, septic maintenance, and green boating.
Talk - Check out these regional newsletters for monthly shoreline events occurring
in your region!
Shoreline Credo (PDF format) (for Adults)
Shoreline Promise (PDF format) (for
Children) - Easy and fun ways to find out what you can do to help protect and restore
These are only a few of our many available products! Download our Order Form to see a complete list.
To order these products or for more
information, contact The Living by Water Project office at (250) 832-7405 or at [email protected].
Specialized Products, Services and Initiatives for Groups
Workshop In-A-Box Program
The Living by Water Workshop In-A-Box
manual has been completed. This manual assists community groups in planning and
facilitating hands-on workshops which they can offer to local waterfront residents,
emphasizing simple tips for "easy waterfront living". Tips include time and
money saving ideas to benefit waterfront residents and help protect the shoreline and
water quality at the same time. Please contact us if you are interested in piloting The
Living by Water Workshop in your community.
A Homesite Assessment manual guides
community groups in carrying out homesite visits to waterfront residences. During a
homesite visit, residents are given simple tips for making changes to their property that
will benefit them (protecting their health, saving money) and at the same time benefit
water quality and wildlife habitat. Please contact
us if you are interested in piloting Homesite Assessments in your community.
Ambassador© Program Manual
Ambassador© Program offers groups and organizations the unique opportunity of
sharing the resources of The Living by Water Project in rewarding the achievements of
individuals of all ages, waterfront residents, and shoreline businesses who have
demonstrated and/or expressed interest and commitment in keeping shorelines healthy.
Scope of the Program
The Shoreline Ambassador©
Program focusses on actions affecting the shorelines of ALL bodies of water: marine,
estuarine and freshwater (including lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, ponds, wetlands,
reservoirs and canals). Everyone everywhere can have an impact on our shorelines! This
makes the Shoreline Ambassador© Program an inclusive initiative, raising awareness and
inspiring action on a Canada-wide scale right down to your own backyard or neighbourhood.
for detailed information.
Celebration and Restoration Month
September 2000 & 2001
Here is a chance for your group to
encourage public awareness and participation in protecting Canadas shorelines by
initiating fun and informative events and activities. Celebrate our connection to
waterways - creeks, streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans-
plan or host a millennium event. Click here
for further information.
Celebration and Restoration Event Planning Manual
This manual which aims to help groups plan
shoreline related events is currently under development.
Download (PDF format) an abridged
version of the The Living by Water Projects paper on Conservation Marketing Tools and Techniques.
is at your service! Were here to help promote your shoreline events and activities
and to act as a networking tool for your organization. If you have a shoreline event or
activity that you would like to share, let us know....we might be able to publish it an
upcoming issue! Contact us at [email protected].