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

Petun Dam Removal Phase 2: New Stream Channel and Valley Nauralization

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Following the 2020 removal of a 6m high dam and 100m pond at Petun Conservation Area a natural channel was reconstructed. A large excavator reshaped the channel, excavated the floodplain and removed the sediment that had collected in the pond. The river now winds through a valley and flows over several rocky steps.

In 2021 the ecosystem restoration work continued. Volunteers and staff planted the site with 670 native trees and shrubs. Native grasses were spread, and native shrubs were propagated along the banks, increasing biodiversity. To ensure coldwater fisheries persist in spite of long-term climate change projections, habitat for native brook trout was improved. Woody cover habitats were installed to enhance fish habitat.

Nearest city or town: Collingwood, ON
Project start date: April 19, 2021
End date: November 5, 2021

Project focus: Ecosystem Restoration
Project contact: Laura Wensink and Fred Dobbs

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