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What you can do to protect the Rideau

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  • leave a natural strip of uncut grass or shrubs along the water’s edge
  • plant native shrubs and trees along the water’s edge
  • let imported beach sand erode naturally and let native plants grow back
  • let natural debris (such as driftwood and fallen trees) accumulate as much as possible
  • use a low impact floating dock
  • keep pets and livestock away from the water’s edge


  • cut as few trees as possible during construction projects
  • prune trees to get a better view, instead of cutting them down
  • reduce your use of fertilizers and pesticides (by composting and gardening organically)
  • handle fuels and oils carefully to avoid spills - be prepared for spills
  • redirect driveway runoff into a soaking / settling area away from lakes and rivers


  • use phosphate-free soaps and cleaners, and alternatives such as vinegar and baking soda
  • have your septic system inspected and pumped every 2 or 3 years
  • save water by using low-flow showerheads and toilets
  • use rain barrels to collect rainwater for use in the garden


  • use oil-absorbing bilge cloths, instead of bilge cleaners
  • practice safe refueling (away from the water)
  • reduce your wake by slowing down to 10 km an hour within 30 metres of shore
  • buy a 2 or 4 stroke motor that meets EPA 2006 guidelines

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