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Lake Stewardship

 Stewardship Seguin

The protection of our environment is a priority in Seguin. So much so, we have developed a Lake Stewardship Handbook providing a road map of how to protect the health of our lakes and offering common sense approaches to help you do your part, and be a better steward. In conjunction with this handbook, we have developed a "Stewardship Seguin" program that recognizes and applauds property owners for making a significant improvement to their environment through stewardship activities.

A property owner interested in participating in the program should:

  1. 1. Contact Seguin Township or their participating Lake Association to learn more about the program.
  2. 2. Request a rating card for their property.
  3. 3. Become familiar with the Living Sustainably in Seguin Handbook.
  4.  Submit their rating card to Seguin Township or their participating Lake Association and start greening their property one "raindrop" at a time.

 Once your rating card is submitted, you will receive a Stewardship Seguin Flag acknowledging your commitment to sustainable living. This flag will easily mount on your dock or raft signifying your participation.

Each year, as you make improvements and increase your rating, additional "raindrops" will be rewarded.

Speaker Series 2016 a Success!

 Four prominent speakers from the environmental sector took part in the Stewardship Seguin Speaker Series over the summer. Topics included Shoreline Naturalization, Climate Change and Species at Risk.  A copy of each presentation can be found below:

Living in Cottage Country: What you Need to Know - Rebecca Willison (Muskoka Watershed Council)

Shoreline Naturalization 101 - Delaina Arnold (Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve)

Planning for Climate Change in Muskoka - Peter Sale (Muskoka Watershed Council)

Species at Risk - Jeremy Rouse (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)

Lake Stewardship Handbook

There are three main principles and 12 practical steps that we must adopt to sustain our natural character:

Principle One - Keep it Natural

Imagine what your property looked like before construction and try to mimic it wherever possible

Step 1 - Minimize lawns and landscaping

Step 2 - Naturalize and restore shoreline buffers

Step 3 - Minimize tree cutting

Principle Two - Respect Character, Aesthetics and Ecology

Blend your development and landscaping activities into the local setting

Step 4 - Live with nature

Step 5 - Protect species at risk

Step 6 - Respect night skies

Principle Three - Minimize our Human Footprint

Reduce your impacts on the natural and social environment

Step 7 - Carefully select and locate shoreline structures

Step 8 - Maintain your septic system

Step 9 - Reduce the impact of construction

Step 10 - Reduce storm water run-off

Step 11 - Practice safe boating

Step 12 - Green your home

Please visit the Humphrey Arena Office at 15 Humphrey Drive to obtain a copy of the Guide or download a personal copy of the Lake Stewardship Handbook. (PDF)


Mayor receiving plaque from Safe Quiet Lakes reps

Mayor Bruce Gibbon accepts a permanent Boater's Code Plaque from Safe Quiet Lakes on August 17, 2016