Shoreline Naturalization Program
It’s time for a shoreline makeover!
Want to fight erosion, discourage geese and spruce up your boring shoreline – all without breaking the bank? The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority offers a full-service, subsidized Shoreline Naturalization Program for waterfront property owners. We offer technical guidance, project management and financial assistance to help you get the job done!
What’s in it for you?
Naturalizing a shoreline can have many practical and environmental benefits:
- Reduces water run-off that causes algae blooms and excessive weed growth;
- Significantly reduces shoreline erosion and makes your shoreline more resilient;
- Much cheaper and more eco-friendly than rock-based “rip rap” shorelines;
- Discourages geese;
- Invites more wildlife to your backyard paradise;
- Leaves less lawn to mow and more time to relax and enjoy the view.
Ninety per cent of all lake and river life depends on a healthy shoreline to survive. But this “ribbon of life” also plays a crucial role in filtering out pollutants, reducing erosion and easing flood risks. By adding a natural buffer between your home and the water, you are protecting the health of our drinking water, ecosystems and shores.
What about my water access?
We know that convenient water access is paramount to an idyllic waterfront experience. Staff will work with you to prepare a customized plan that maintains your water access and your view.
1. Site visit: RVCA staff will visit your property to discuss your vision and assess planting potential. Site visits can be scheduled for June through October.
2. Custom planting plan: Staff will work with you to develop a unique plan for your property, including recommendations for the best native species for your property’s growing conditions. They’ll discuss how you’d like to maintain your water access, seating areas and your view.
3. Choose your plants: You can choose which native trees and shrubs you’d like based on your custom planting plan and the RVCA’s available species list, and we’ll order them for you. The cost of the plants is subsidized.
4. Delivery and planting assistance: In spring, we’ll deliver your plants and, if you choose, we can even do the planting for you!
Who is eligible?
- Waterfront landowners along wetlands, streams, rivers and lakes within the Rideau watershed, who commit to maintaining a healthy shoreline;
- Lake associations, river groups or other not-for-profit groups within the Rideau watershed interested in completing shoreline demonstration sites, community plant hand-outs, or other shoreline stewardship projects.
Scroll over the pins to learn more about healthy shoreline habits:
Want to learn more? Contact:
613-692-3571 ext. 1192 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1192 or
- Shoreline Naturalization Program Species Availability List (PDF)
- Example Shoreline Buffer Plan (PDF)
- Solutions for Shoreline Erosion: A Basic Guide to Bioengineering (PDF)
- Solutions pour l’érosion riveraine — Introduction au génie biologique (PDF)
- Benefits of a Natural Shoreline (PDF)
- How to Naturalize Your Shoreline (PDF)
The Shoreline Naturalization Program works closely with many volunteer groups to restore shoreline areas including Scouts, High Schools and corporate groups. Individuals interested in helping plant can register through the City Stream Watch Program.
Check out some before-and-after photos of recent projects:
Rideau Valley Rural Clean Water Program
The Rideau Valley Rural Clean Water Program (RVRCWP) offers grants and technical assistance program for on-farm and rural projects that protect water quality in the Rideau River watershed outside the City of Ottawa (see map). We work in partnership with individual landowners to help protect the land and water we all rely on.
The RVRCWP is guided by a Steering Committee made up of local citizens drawn from farm organizations, environmental interest groups as well as all levels of government with a direct link to the water environment. Projects completed create a win-win situation all around. The landowner gets a helping hand with the financing of conservation work, the program sponsors get the pleasure of giving back to their community, and our children and grandchildren get to enjoy a clean healthy Rideau River as our legacy to them all.
If you are interested in applying, contact the RVCA at 613-692-3571 ext. 1136 to register your information and confirm eligibility.
Ready to apply? Download your application form here or click here for instructions. Please note you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to e-sign your form.
RVRCWP Eligible Project Categories
|Eligible Projects/ Click here to view project details, |
download RVRCWP brochure
|Maximum Grant %||Maximum Grant $|
|Clean Water Diversion*||50%||$5,000|
|Livestock Restriction from Water–Livestock Crossing, Alternate Watering, Fencing*||90%||$7,500|
|Pesticide/Chemical/Fertilizer/Fuel Storage and Handling Facility*||50%||$1,000|
|Nutrient Management Plans/Precision Farming*||50%||$1,000|
|Controlled Tile Drainage*||80%||$1,000|
|Erosion Control - Field and Tile Outlet*||90%||$3,500|
|Erosion Control - Shoreline||90%||$3,500|
|Forest & Wetland Management Plans||75%||$750|
|Private Sewage System Repair||50%||$1,000|
*Available only to farmers with an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)
Please note: program grant rates may change without notice or be adjusted by the Review Committee.
More questions? Click here to view our FAQs (frequently asked questions).
Tree Planting Sponsors
Got land? Plant trees!
We are looking to transform your marginal, empty or idle fields into thriving, green woodlands. We offer significant subsidies to rural landowners for planning, planting and maintenance of all their reforestation needs.
Our full-service program includes:
• Customized tree planting plans that suit your needs
• On-site technical advice from qualified forestry staff
• Tree planting and tending services
• Ordering and handling of trees
• Site preparation
• Survival assessments
|City of Ottawa
(subsidized by the City of Ottawa’s Green Acres Program)
|15 cents / tree planted|
|Outside of the city|
|1,000 - 2,999 trees||3,000 - 5,999 trees||6,000 + trees|
|40 cents / tree planted||30 cents / tree planted||$1,500 Flat Rate|
To qualify, landowners must:
• Have a minimum 0.4 Ha (one acre) of suitable land
• Order a minimum of 1,000 trees
• Agree to reasonably protect the trees from damage
Why Plant Trees?
• Enhanced wildlife habitat
• Visual and noise barriers
• Soil and water conservation
• Valuable winter windbreaks for people, livestock and wildlife
• Reduced heating and cooling costs — less wind, more shade
• Practical "hands-on" way to reduce greenhouse gasses (CO2) and produce oxygen (O2)
• Stabilized slopes, erosion control
• Increased biodiversity
• Wood products: lumber, sawlogs, firewood, nuts, fruit, maple syrup
• Recreational areas
• Increased crop yields (windbreaks/shelterbelts)
• Increased property values
• Economically viable land use for abandoned or unused fields
• Tax incentive programs
• Aesthetic beauty and distinctive character to rural landscapes
• Maintain a healthy watershed
Want to Learn More?
Contact Ian Cochrane at
1-800-267-3504 ext. 1175
We have planted more than 6.8 million trees since 1983. We are committed to helping landowners meet their reforestation needs while increasing tree cover to build a resilient, healthy watershed for today and the future.
Check out this video about our program and its many benefits:
Our municipalities and their residents are our valued partners. We work hard to serve a wide range of municipal and public interests that benefit our watershed residents from lake country to farm lands to urban communities.
To see what we've done in 2019 in your community, click on your municipality. For a full watershed summary, check out our 2019 Annual Report.
- Athens - Municipal Information Sheet
- Augusta - Municipal Information Sheet
- Beckwith - Municipal Information Sheet
- Central Frontenac - Municipal Information Sheet
- City of Ottawa - Municipal Information Sheet
- Drummond-North Elmsley - Municipal Information Sheet
- Elizabethtown-Kitley - Municipal Information Sheet
- Merrickville-Wolford - Municipal Information Sheet
- Montague - Municipal Information Sheet
- North Dundas - Municipal Information Sheet
- North Grenville - Municipal Information Sheet
- Perth - Municipal Information Sheet
- Rideau Lakes - Municipal Information Sheet
- South Frontenac - Municipal Information Sheet
- Tay Valley - Municipal Information Sheet
- Westport - Municipal Information Sheet
Work Plan and Finances
Since our formation in 1966, the RVCA has been partnering with our local municipalities, residents, businesses, schools, service clubs, environmental and lake associations, community groups and provincial and federal governments to deliver programs and services that protect and manage the natural resources we all value and count on in the Rideau watershed.
Access our latest Budget and Work Plan here.
RVCA’S Watershed Science and Engineering team collects, monitors and analyses watershed information.
We offer technical advice regarding environmental issues for legal and development inquiries.
Tree Planting Programs
RVCA provides technical advice, planting assistance and financial support to landowners interested in planting trees.
Drinking Water Source Protection
The RVCA supports the work of theMississippi Rideau Source Protection committee. You can learn more by visiting www.mrsourcewater.ca.
Flood, Erosion & Drought Studies
RVCA provides services to reduce the threat of loss of life and property damage through flood forecasting and warning.
Fish Habitat Protection
On behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we review proposed works in or near lakes, wetlands and watercourses providing advice on their impacts to fish habitat.
Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors
The RVCA Board of Directors is made up of appointees from the Rideau's 18 member municipalities. These representatives oversee the work of the conservation authority.
|Mel Foster||Agricultural Sector|