Lambton Shores Sub-Watershed

Algae on Cedarview Beach
Algae on Cedarview Beach

Walk the Watershed project deepens understanding in Lambton Shores

Last summer, the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) completed a comprehensive ‘Walk the Watershed’ Program along Duffus Creek to understand the physical and biological characteristics of this creek by walking from its headwaters in agricultural land to the sandy shores of Lake Huron.

A group of local shoreline residents participated in a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event at Centre Ipperwash Beach.

It was a fascinating experience observing the transition in geography over eight km. The program identified bank erosion as a problem along the whole watercourse and SCRCA staff members, in consultation with landowners, are determining ways to mitigate the effects of erosion.

Input from landowners is crucial. In cooperation with landowners, the SCRCA is investigating projects that will retain or slow the flow of the waters from the upper reaches of the watershed, so that the downstream stretches of Duffus will receive the water at slower velocities.

Project costs will be offset through the Lambton Shores Clean Water Cost-Share Program, which offers grants to landowners for eligible projects to improve water quality in the Lambton Shores watershed. Landowner participation is vital in community efforts to build a healthy watershed that drains into Lake Huron.

Other projects undertaken through the grant program include tree planting projects and upgrading a manure storage facility.

Other highlights:

  • SCRCA co-hosted a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event in September with the Municipality of Lambton Shores to increase awareness of the importance of shoreline habitat and water quality at Centre Ipperwash Beach
  • In November, SCRCA staff hosted a workshop with a representative from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food speaking to local farmers about the advantages of cover crops in retaining soil and nutrients on the land.
  • A permanent water flow station and a weather station were installed in summer 2012. SCRCA staff will be able to use the information collected to measure changes in the water level of Shashawandah Creek and record how much nitrogen and phosphorus is entering the system through runoff in a storm. This is part of a larger project to develop a Rural Stormwater Management Model to gain a better understanding of how agricultural drainage functions in a rural landscape.
  • Currently, SCRCA staff is facilitating discussion on techniques to improve water quality through a landowner-directed steering committee and is raising awareness of the cost-share program and water quality concerns at community events and workshops.
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Algae on Cedarview Beach
Algae on Cedarview Beach
Sampling Cedarview Beach
Sampling Cedarview Beach
Ipperwash
Ipperwash

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