The tall limestone cliffs and turquoise water of the Bruce Peninsula provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Credit: Scott Parker
Sharing information on Best Management Practices is an important part of collaboration between the individuals, communities, watershed groups and governmental agencies at work for Lake Huron. Credit: BPBA
Exposed limestone bluffs at Cave Point, Bruce Peninsula.
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
Southern Ontario agriculture along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Sand beach and dune complexes are found along the southeastern shores, such as those pictured here near Pinery Provincial Park. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Lake Huron waters support a thriving agricultural sector, particularly in the southeastern portion of the watershed. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Volunteers engaged in stream restoration efforts in a Lake Huron tributary. Photo credit: MSIA
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
The St. Marys River flows from Lake Superior to Lake Huron, contributing 8 billion liters/hour to the receiving basin in Lake Huron. Photo credit: Mark Chambers

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Soil Health Initiatives

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This is a partnership between Ausable Bayfield Conservation, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the University of Guelph. They are working together to capture soil health data and find ways to report soil health across broader scales. Some of the soil health metrics being studied include water infiltration rates, wet aggregate stability, water holding capacity, bulk density, and organic matter (SOM). Sampling the soil in the Gully Creek watershed and the Huronview Demonstration Farm will help researchers to establish relationships between dynamic soil health characteristics, landscape features and land management practices. It will also help validate and improve phosphorus loss tools. The University of Guelph is using this opportunity to study the use of surrogate metrics like electrical conductivity (EC) that can be used to assess soil health across a field. The EC of the soil is affected by soil moisture content, which relates to texture, bulk density and SOM.

Nearest city or town: Clinton, ON
Project start date: December 1, 2017
End date: December 31, 2018

Project focus: Education
Project contact: Mari Veliz, Ausable Bayfield Conservation

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