Actions

Common Merganser

Restoration

  • The LOISS process will identify and prioritize areas where degraded natural areas should be restored, or where open spaces should be naturalized to improve the shoreline ecosystem.
  • CVC will work with landowners, park users, and other stakeholders to improve understanding about the need for restoration, and to develop restoration plans that meet ecosystem and community needs.

Public Education & Outreach

CVC will reach out to homeowners, businesses and other members of the community with information about the role we can all play in maintaining a healthy waterfront.

Actions residents can take may include:

  • Changing practices around your home or business to reduce sources of lake pollution, such as reducing driveway salt, lawn fertilizer, pesticides or other pollutants. For more information, visit Peel Region’s Healthy Lake Ontario page.
  • Choosing more native plant species for your garden, and increasing the amount of yard space devoted to gardens rather than to lawn. This will help to reverse trends in habitat loss in this area and to provide some important temporary habitat for migratory birds and butterflies. Learn more about living in Green Cities.
  • Improving the ability of rainwater to soak into the ground by introducing permeable pavement, rain gardens, or altering downspouts to run into garden areas. For more information, visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/sustainability.
  • Participating in public consultations and discussions about the future of your waterfront. Make sure your local representatives know you care about protecting the natural environment along the shoreline.
  • Waterfront property owners may consider ways to increase the value of their properties to themselves and to the shoreline ecosystem, including natural restoration and alternatives to shoreline hardening.