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

Green Ribbon Champion – Beach Stewardship in 2021

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Green Ribbon Champion (GRC) is a multi-year community-based restoration program that works with lakefront property owners and volunteers to restore sand dune ecosystems. In 2021 we worked with 46 participants to complete beach assessments, provide advice and educational resources, and create restoration plans for their properties. We shared educational information with over 71,000 individuals through social media, workshops, newsletter articles, media, and conversations at the beach. We completed 46 community dune restoration projects this year, restoring close to 40,000m2 of dune ecosystem. Our program attracted 71 enthusiastic volunteers who donated their time to plant native dune plants, install sand fencing, remove invasive species, and install interpretive signs. The methods used in GRC are simple and cost effective, and the real-life impact of this year’s restoration work will result in a more resilient shoreline, erosion protection, habitat for wildlife, and healthier beaches.

Nearest city or town: Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, Point Clark
Project start date: May 1, 2021

Project focus: Education / Outreach
Project contact: Erinn Lawrie

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