"Emma Lake Action & Understanding" 

The NSRBC is currently working on a project entitled “Emma Lake Action and Understanding”. The project's aim is to help mitigate the impacts negatively affecting water quality at Emma Lake, primarily nutrient loading. The NSRBC is partnering with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the District of Lakeland on the project, which has been underway since April 2019 and will continue until March 2021.

One main piece of the project will collect and analyze water quality data from Emma Lake to examine how erosion, boating activity, and other shoreline activities impact the lake. The other piece of the project will involve nine shoreline restoration projects and an education campaign to engage Emma Lake users on how they can reduce their impact on the lake. With this funding as of this spring, this project will enhance the water quality monitoring and promote and undertake shoreline restoration and educational projects.                                                                                             

                This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program.

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Shorelines at Work Demonstration Site

The Shorelines at Work Demonstration Site is part of the project "Emma Lake Action & Understanding". The 3,600 ft2 site is located at Emma Lake, north of McIntosh Point along Agnes St. The site is open to the public and embraces natural shorelines while serving as public access for snowmobiling and dock access. Its goal is to promote the benefits of native vegetation along shorelines and to inspire others to plant more native species on their properties. Prior to planting, the site had significant erosion and monoculture grass. A total of 80 plants were planted in 2019 with plans to plant additional plants in 2020. A large educational sign will also be added to the site in Spring 2020. 

Love Your Lakes

Our lakes and water systems in this province are a valuable resource and maintaining the health of these lakes and rivers is essential. The "Love Your Lake" program provides lakefront property owners with a survey to inform landowners how natural or developed the landscape is on their property. A report is prepared for each property and mailed out to each landowner stating how they can maintain or improve the quality of natural vegetation and landscape. The natural vegetation plays a key role in maintaining soil structure, acting as a natural filter and improving water quality overall. Keeping these shorelines healthy and naturalized ensures a lake that will be enjoyed for generations to come. For the programs description and history click here.

The NSRBC has worked on many lakes beginning in 2016, including: Emma Lake, Christopher Lake, Anglin Lake, Turtle Lake, Brightsand Lake, Jackfish Lake, and Murray Lake.

If your community is interested in participating in the Love Your Lake Program please contact us.

 Read some of the frequently asked questions by property owners here.

Click here to take a look at a sample property report. These reports get generated for each shoreline property that surrounds the lake.

The Natural Edge

The Natural Edge Program is an option for lakefront property owners who want to follow up on the Love Your Lake survey. Lake health is affected by numerous sources, whether it’s pollution, aquatic invasive species or shoreline development. While developing a shoreline isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are ways to help maintain the integrity and health of shores. The shoreline is a buffer zone of vegetation acting as a natural filter and reinforcement to prevent things like erosion, nutrient loading or eutrophication. It also provides habitat for native species part of the local ecosystem, promoting diversity.

The Natural Edge Program seeks to maintain, improve and restore shoreline along with lakefront properties. Those involved will get to work alongside technicians in developing their shoreline, from the initial site visit to the planting operation and maintenance itself. The Natural Edge Program promotes the health and diversity of our lakes and helps ensure a safe, healthy and valuable resource to be enjoyed for generations to come. Contact us to book your site.

There are plans to complete this program on a total of 6 sites on Jackfish and Emma Lake in the Fall of 2018. For more details about a healthy happy shoreline and how your shoreline can look, visit here. And if you would like more information on The Natural Edge Program visit this site here.