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

Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association’s Six Streams Water Quality Initiative

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The Biosphere Association’s multi-year Six Streams Initiative is tackling the key sources of aquatic impairment and raising the awareness of a healthy ecosystem. This work engages the agricultural and residential communities in voluntary environmental actions. One focus of this initiative is to exclude cattle from the six sub-watersheds with fencing, alternate solar-powered cattle watering systems, followed by stream bed and bank restoration enhancing the riparian zone. This work provides a naturalized stream corridor that can buffer the impact of adjacent agricultural activities. For 2017, we:
• installed 6 solar powered watering systems and 1880 m of fencing to exclude pasturing cattle from streams. The 2012 to 2017 totals are more than 12 km of fencing and 66 watering systems installed.
• excluded 850 more cattle from streams, bringing the total to more than 5200 cattle, with a reduction of phosphorus loading by an estimated one tonne each year.

Nearest city or town: Ferndale, Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
Project start date: April 3, 2017
End date: March 30, 2018

Project focus: Education / Outreach
Project contact: Katherine McLeod

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