LAKEFRONT EROSION CONTROL
Owning waterfront makes you a steward of the riparian area along the lakeside of your property. The Ministry of Land, Water, and Resource Stewardship recommends that landowners follow a step-wise decision making process in determining whether erosion protection is actually necessary and what type of protection is best:
https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/DNR/Documents/Soft%20Shore%20Stabilization_ECY.pdf (This pdf is geared around marine shorelines, but it is very thorough and the same principles apply to freshwater shorelines)
The Stewardship Centre for BC runs a Green Shores Program with many online resources, training opportunities, webinars, etc.
Most landowners’ shorelines are unstable because the riparian vegetation (that is, the vegetation that grows immediately adjacent to a stream, lake, wetland) was removed historically, which is no longer allowed under the Riparian Areas Protection Act because of the impacts this has on aquatic ecosystems and the species they support. Many times, the simplest and cheapest way to stabilize a low gradient shoreline is by replanting trees and deep-rooting native shrubs.
Note that any shoreline stabilization work (except for planting trees and shrubs) around Shawnigan Lake requires approval under the BC Water Sustainability Act and under the Riparian Areas Protection Act and possibly under the federal Fisheries Act. It is best to hire a Registered Professional Biologist who can guide you through these regulatory steps. If landowners have more questions about the permitting process, they can contact FrontCounter BC (1-877-855-3222).