- Plan in advance – get your sandbags and pumps lined up before they’re gone. The CSRD had a good list of locations with sandbags and sand delivery. Move anything you don’t want to get wet to higher ground, both inside and outside your cabin or home. And if you’re not around and high water is approaching, have a neighbor or property watch business keep an eye on your place and the need for action.
- Minimize boat wake. Go dead slow, or if you need to go faster ensure you are on a flat plane (not plowing) and out in the middle of the lake. Whenever possible, also leave and approach the shoreline at right angles.
One thing that would certainly help us all would be better predictions of forecast lake elevations. Your SWOA executive will be looking into this to see if we can encourage local and provincial agencies to provide forecast elevations.
Of course, there are questions after high water – like what to do with the sand bags? - take them to a landfill, add a bit of sand to your grass, use the sand in the winter for slippery driveways and sidewalks, save them for future years if the bags are plastic, but don’t dump them in the lake. What to do with the logs and debris that have washed up on the beach? – some people look at them as free fire wood, or leave logs where they are to act as a barrier to wave action on the next high-water year.
One of the common law riparian rights waterfront owners have is to protect your property from erosion. It is also important to remember that land lost in a high-water event (avulsion) is still your private property and can be recovered. This differs from slow and incremental erosion where ownership reverts to the crown.
Have you tips and advice for others? Please let us know so we can pass them on to all SWOA members.