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

Pine River Ecological Bank Stabilization

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he site on the Pine River was experiencing rapid warming, due to deforestation and bank erosion from historic agricultural activities. This caused excess sediment and attached phosphorus to enter the river, degrading water quality and habitat.
In 2022, 150m of bank was stabilized with natural materials to prevent erosion, improve the aquatic habitat and make the river more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Volunteers assisted with tree plantings, native wildflower seeding, shrub propagation and in-water bank stabilization. An excavator installed large tree roots to fortify the bank and provide in-water cover habitat for fish. The banks were then graded into terraced shelves, which reconnect the floodplain to the river. Trees and shrubs were planted along the edge of the river to provide shade.
This project improves habitat in the Pine River and water quality downstream in the Nottawasaga River, Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.

Nearest city or town: Mansfield
Project start date: May 15, 2022
End date: May 15, 2023

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

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