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

Butt Free Beach

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Cigarette butts are one of the most commonly littered items on the planet, and many do not realize that cigarette filters are a type of plastic. This plastic, known as cellulose acetate, never full decomposes and contains toxic chemicals, causing many negative impacts to Lake Huron's beaches and water quality. Butt Free Beach is a public awareness campaign that aims to reduce cigarette butt litter through public education and by providing a way for a smoker to responsibly dispose of their cigarette filters. By using interpretive signs, posters, shoreline cleanups, and educational events, the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation aims to improve awareness of the problem, and encourages smokers to use the free beach ashtrays and recycling receptacles provided. The project began in 2013 at Grand Bend's beach, and has now expanded to 10 Lake Huron beaches, including Goderich, Kincardine, Sauble Beach, Ipperwash, Bayfield, Wasaga Beach, Southampton, and 2 beaches in Port Elgin.

Nearest city or town: Goderich
Project start date: May 1, 2013

Project focus: Outreach
Project contact: Erinn Lawrie

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