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 Shore Watch and Severn Sound Lower Food Web Conditions

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This project will engage the Severn Sound community of citizen science volunteers to collect data, learn about their local environment and feel empowered to protect it, while providing valuable information on Severn Sound and its watershed that would otherwise be missed during open water sampling. Sites will be monitored in Severn Sound and inland lakes in the watershed area through SSEA’s citizen science Shore Watch program. The purpose is to collect water quality observations, including temperature, weather/wave conditions, algae presence, water clarity, habitat conditions, and invasive species, to inform SSEA environmental quality reporting and guide stewardship priorities. SSEA will also conduct zooplankton and algae sampling as part of Open Water and Inland Lake Monitoring Programs to characterize the lower food web, determine current nutrient status, and examine trends over time. Information on lower food web conditions will be communicated to volunteers and the general public.

Nearest city or town: Tiny, Tay, Midland, Penetanguishene, Springwater, Oro-Medonte, Severn, & Georgian Bay Township
Project start date: June 1, 2021

Project focus: Combination of Education, Restoration, and Monitoring
Project contact: Aisha Chiandet

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