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

Protecting and restoring a cold water stream in a karst drainage system – Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association

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Our multi-year Six Streams Initiative is tackling the key sources of aquatic impairment on the Bruce Peninsula. During the successful use of innovative solar-powered water systems in the Judges Creek basin, we became aware of the unique nature of the headwater area with significant perennial springs. These springs are key to the cold water inputs necessary for the historic native brook trout populations to again survive and flourish. In this karst landscape, the springs discharge into large pond features that are extraordinarily deep with estimates of tens of feet to over 150 feet in depth. In 2016, we initiated a project to protect these headwater features of Judges Creek. At our first site, we fenced an area of 4.3 ha with many perennial and ephemeral springs to exclude winter pasture cattle; in 2017 we completed the construction of winterized alternate cattle watering systems. Two further sites are slated for protection in 2018, with monitoring to characterize spring flows.

Nearest city or town: Lion's Head, Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
Project start date: April 4, 2016
End date: March 30, 2018

Project focus: Stewardship
Project contact: Katherine McLeod

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