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20 Your Role in Lake Stewardship There are many things that you can do to take care of your lake so that future generations can enjoy it too Here is a summary of some of the key points in this guide. Remember that what goes on your property and into your drain eventually finds its way into the lake so avoid the use of harsh cleaners pesticides herbicides and fertilizers. When undertaking construction projects along the shoreline reduce disturbance to aquatic habitat and contact your local Conservation Authority Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry or Parks Canada. Keep your boat speed under 10kmh whenever you are within 30 meters of the shore and be careful with oil and gas when filling gas tanks and emptying bilge water. Watch your wake Respect the shoreline zone and reduce erosion and damage to bird nests by adjusting your speed and direction to minimize impact. Clean and inspect your boat before moving it to other lakes to control the spread of invasive species. Protect your shoreline from erosion Canada geese and runoff by maintaining or planting a buffer zone of native vegetation dont mow to the waters edge Enhance biodiversity on your property by leaving rock piles fallen tree limbs and brush piles untouched so they can function as wildlife habitat. Encourage native species of flowers shrubs and trees to limit your maintenance work and provide shelter to local wildlife species. The water that you drink is precious Practice water conservation inside and outside your cottage and have your drinking water tested regularly. Maintain your septic system by booking regular pump outs and inspections. When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world. - John Muir Joe Fowler Park Port Perry Ontario. Restoration undertaken by Scugog Lake Stewards. Before After KawarthaConservationKawarthaConservation