Free workshop aims to show people how to care for shore

The Shawnigan Basin Society is offering a free foreshore restoration workshop on March 12-13.

The Shawnigan Basin Society is offering a free foreshore restoration workshop on March 12-13.

It’s part of foreshore restoration projects taking place around Shawnigan Lake thanks to a $5,000 Aviva Community Funding grant won by the society.

Attendees will learn both theoretical and practical techniques from experts on how to absorb and dissipate wave energy caused by boats, mitigate the problems of lakeside erosion and property damage, reduce septic system nutrients from entering the water, discourage algae blooms, increase the beauty of the area with natural landscaping, encourage plant and aquatic habitat, and protect overall ecological integrity and function.

Day one will take place at the village watershed office and people will get their feet wet out in the field on day two. The sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in participating or having your lakeside property evaluated for free ecological restoration work contact Kelly Musselwhite at luvlife@shaw.ca.