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

Monitoring Best Management Practices in Gully Creek

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Landowners in Gully Creek watershed, a watershed north of Bayfield, have worked with ABCA to implement agricultural best management practices (BMPs) since 2008. These studies allow us to better understand how rural BMPs have both field-scale and watershed-scale benefits. In 2022, we monitored:
• vegetative barriers of Miscanthus to reduce erosion and improve water quality
• the fertility of liquid manure throughout agitation prior to field application
• a side-by-side tillage comparison of no-till vs disc tillage on corn residue before planting soybeans
• the application of Envita®, a nitrogen-fixing solution, on corn
With the use of trail cameras to monitor sites, submitting water samples for lab analysis, and yield comparisons, we can use in-field trials and test the effectiveness of BMPs in cooperation with farmers. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association support ONFARM research. Thanks to all participants of ONFARM!

Nearest city or town: Bayfield
Project start date: January 1, 2008

Project focus: Combination of Education, Restoration, and Monitoring
Project contact: Shevaun Skinner

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