For waterfront residents   

The Riparian Area


Gardom Lake's waterfront residents can play an important role in maintaining the health of the lake. By maintaining the native shoreline vegetation, that acts as the filter for run-off water from uplands, lake water quality will be protected. While we are fortunate to have a large amount of undisturbed shoreline at Gardom, it is very important to retain it.

The Ranchero Deep Creek Official Community Plan designates a “Development Permit Area” around Gardom Lake to protect the shoreline for fish habitat and water quality. This covers 30 metres above the high water mark, and a permit is needed to carry out any development in this area.  A Development Permit can be obtained from the CSRD.  Link to OCP (see pages 48 to 50).

•  Minimize the disturbance of shoreline areas

   – keep natural vegetation cover
•  Limit the use of fertilizers and pesticides, particularly avoiding
    them during rain
•  Manage septic systems


Septic Smart brochure (CSRD)

On the Living Edge - Septic chapter

On the Living Edge - Riparian chapter

Shoreline Makeover

Things to do to protect Gardom Lake