The Living by Water Project was initiated in 1997 by two shoreline residents from
British Columbia. The mission of the Project is "working towards healthier human and wildlife
habitat along the shorelines of Canada".
If you’re a shoreline resident, we are committed to helping you obtain
information to protect your property, prevent problems like erosion, and
protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat. We do this by working with,
and providing support services to, groups that help shoreline residents like you.
If you’re involved with a group, we can help you with materials, services and support
to deliver outreach and awareness-raising programs about shorelines in your community.
We focus on both general audiences (including children) and shoreline residents.
The Living by Water Project has now grown into a national partnership initiative,
with regional coordinators in several centres across the country. We support local
community groups with programs, services and materials aimed at protecting, conserving,
and restoring shorelines. Among our partners are cottager groups and conservation
organizations, naturalist clubs and watershed groups, First Nations, youth groups such
as Guides and Scouts, and special interest groups. The project is managed by lead partners
in various regions of the country.
The Living by Water Project focusses on shorelines along all types of
waterbodies – rivers, streams, creeks, canals, lakes, ponds, wetlands, reservoirs,
estuaries, and marine shorelands. We provide
programs, services and materials
to promote the value of keeping these shorelines healthy, and emphasize what we all can do to
help care for them .
We help groups develop tools and the capacity to carry out shoreline awareness and outreach
programs. We also occasionally sponsor or initiate special activities to help bring people
together or provide communities with customized tools to help care for shorelines.
Through our online community, we keep you up-to-date on
news and events
that groups across the country are carrying out related to shoreline protection,
conservation or restoration.
Our Shoreline Action Challenge provides simple
lists of actions that both shoreline visitors and shoreline residents can carry out to
help protect and restore shorelines.
Further information about The Living by Water Project, its goals and objectives, and the
background research which led to its development is available in several
For those of us who are shoreline residents or have seasonal cottages beside water:
The Living by Water Project helps with tips and ideas to protect your shoreline property,
save you time and money – and at the same time, help protect water quality and wildlife
The Living by Water Project was started by Clive Callaway and Sarah Kipp, two shoreline
residents who have lived for many years beside the water in British Columbia. They have
assembled a network of resources and publications to help you make informed decisions.
If you’re a shoreline resident, we can help you protect your investment, avoid potential
problems like erosion or construction difficulties and at the same time protect water
quality and wildlife habitat on your land.
Through this website you can access Living by Water Project materials, as well as a wide
range of resources developed by our online network of groups and agencies involved in
working with shorelines. Click "Resources" on the main menu to find out more.
As shoreline residents, we have learned that we can have a substantial impact on fish
and wildlife habitat and on water quality. As a result of our day-to-day lifestyle,
or when we carry out major changes such as construction, the cumulative effect of our
activities can be significant.
Through simple changes in our actions, within our houses and around our properties,
we can help create and preserve healthy waterfront habitat for both ourselves and
wildlife – while protecting property values and providing safer and healthier
surroundings for our families. Visit our
Shoreline Action Challenge
page for more information and to complete your checklist.
A Vision for Today ...and for the Future
In recognition of the roles and values of Canada’s shorelines, the following
expresses our vision as waterfront residents:
We all enjoy healthy habitat with better air and water quality - and wildlife
enjoys it too!
Waterfront environments remain special places for recreation and for restoring
our spirits. Shorelines, lakes, rivers, and seashores continue to attract us.
We protect wildlife through careful waterfront construction and shoreline restoration.
We express a sense of caring for waterfronts by keeping our eyes on the water
and along the shoreline.
We share information on caring for the ribbon of life with our shoreline and upland
Values of our waterfront properties are maintained as each of us learns more about
environmental impacts and alternatives.
The Living by Water Project acknowledges with thanks the support of numerous
groups, agencies, organizations and individuals.
Click here for a listing of our national
and regional sponsors, and numerous others, across Canada who have kindly provided
support, time and advice in the development of this project.