towards healthier human and wildlife habitat along the shorelines of Canada"
Shorelines and wetlands in many settled
and seasonally occupied areas across Canada have been significantly altered and
compromised. The waterfront resident can have a substantial amount of influence on the
wildlife habitat, water quality, and air quality along the shore. Through daily
activities, and through major changes such as construction, waterfront residents can have
a significant cumulative impact on the natural environment.
Through simple changes in our actions, within our
houses and around our properties, we can help create and preserve healthy waterfront
habitat for both humans and wildlife. Beyond restoring and preserving the natural
environment, such changes can also result in direct personal benefits to waterfront
residents by generating time and cost savings, increased property values, and safer and
healthier surroundings for their families.
The Living by Water Project concentrates on the
role the waterfront resident can play in stewarding their lands and adjoining waters, to
protect waterfront habitat in the riparian, littoral and intertidal zones, and ensure a
healthy future for wildlife and humans.
A comprehensive review was carried out to
examine existing literature and some programs relating to waterfront stewardship. This
review found that most of the materials and programs available did not focus on benefits
to the waterfront resident, and/or provide the necessary tools to help overcome barriers
to positive change.
The Living by Water Project complements and
supports other stewardship initiatives by providing a variety of products and services.
The project's goals are as follows:
A target audience of waterfront residents along the
settled and seasonally-occupied marine and freshwater shorelines of Canada will be
encouraged to improve the health of their waterfront environments in accordance with a
The Living by Water Project will be carried out as a cost
efficient, cost shared and focused effort by pulling together interested organizations,
agencies and individuals.
Existing information will be consolidated and packaged in
a variety of ways, sensitive to the needs of the target audience -- the waterfront
On-the-ground results will be assessed and reported to
interested parties through a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation program.
The Living by Water Project addresses critical
environmental issues such as the continuing net loss of fisheries and aquatic habitat, the
loss of wetlands, the loss of biodiversity, reduction in quality and quantity of riparian
habitat, and damage to intertidal zones in marine areas.
We follow a set of Guiding Principles for the
1. To utilize a
strategic approach to The Living by Water Project in such areas as partner development,
scheduling, fundraising, and volunteer planning.
2. To produce and deliver, a variety of products and services, and public service announcements
for waterfront residents.
3. To include tips and ideas concerning the
design, construction, and day-to-day operation of environment-friendly and healthy
4. To support complementary initiatives in
distributing their information where appropriate.
5. To coordinate the launching of services,
products, public service announcements and related initiatives with the start of the next
6. To assess on-the-ground results.
7. To promote audience participation in broader
Regional Project Activities
The Living by
Water Project is a results-oriented campaign to assist all of us who are waterfront
residents to take action -- in the interests of our own health, and that of wildlife.
Atlantic Canada Project
The project will produce home site assessment
programs; public service announcements on local radio and television stations, in print
and electronic media; and, a wide variety of specialty products ranging from a video and
guidebook package to placemats and posters. These products will give "how to"
naturalizing and restoring shorelines
improving water and wastewater management
and adopting more environment-friendly
lifestyles within and around our homes and yards.
Communities can become involved through
initiatives like the Shoreline
Celebration and Restoration Month and youth involvement will be encouraged through
programs like our Theatre-in-a-Box