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Best Practices

We are pleased to announce that we have formally aligned with Seguin Township in our commitment to water quality on Horseshoe and Virtue Lakes. The HLA has is investing time and resources to support the Lake Stewardship Program sponsored by Seguin Township. Over the next few weeks we will have brochures outlining the program and rating cards that allow you to evaluate your property against the “Living Sustainably in Seguin Handbook” criteria. The HLA Executive will coordinate rating card submissions with the Township. Once you have submitted the rating card you will receive a Stewardship Seguin Flag acknowledging your commitment to sustainable living. You can mount your flag on your dock or raft signifying your participation.
Brochures and rating cards will be available through Horseshoe Pines Marina or from one of the HLA Executives.

The protection of our environment is a priority.Seguin township has 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.

By utilizing the ideas throughout this guide, we all have the opportunity to adopt “green” practices and “do the right thing”, wherever practical and possible.

The handbook includes 12 steps to success. These are made up of straightforward examples where we can live sustainably and implement practices to minimize our human footprint.

Going forward start small, set a target, one you can live with and set yourself up to succeed. For example, plant native species, maintain your septic system or minimize lawns and landscaping. These green approaches are clearly laid out to help you do your part.

Lake Stewardship Guide

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 Township Office at 5 Humphrey Drive to obtain a copy of the Guide or download a personal copy of the Lake Stewardship Guide. (PDF)

 

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