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

Citizen Science in Severn Sound – Shore Watch and Stream Watch

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Two citizen science programs were delivered with the help of Community Action funding: Shore Watch and Stream Watch. Monitoring kits, training videos and educational materials were developed. During 2020, 29 volunteers gathered data at lake and stream sites across the Severn Sound watershed. Monitoring data included qualitative and quantitative observations, collected at varying frequencies depending on the volunteer. Data will be used to identify trends and patterns relating to water quality in order to identify concerns as early as possible. Observations will help detect hot spots for nuisance algal blooms, and help target areas in need of stewardship activities to help reduce nutrient inputs. Information was also gathered on invasive species, with the goal of early detection, and species at risk. The programs engaged citizens in environmental monitoring, and created a greater understanding of environmental issues as well as stewardship actions needed to help mitigate those issues.

Nearest city or town: Severn Sound Watershed (Tiny, Penetanguishene, Midland, Springwater, Oro-Medonte, Tay, Severn, Georgian Bay)
Project start date: June 15, 2020

Project focus: Monitoring / Research
Project contact: Aisha Chiandet

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