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What is our watershed's key issue? Non-point source pollution:

What can you do?

• Comes from many sources • Occurs when rain or snowmelt runs off fields, streets, or backyards • Carries soil particles and pollutants to water bodies and groundwater

• • • •

What actions could you take to reduce non-point source pollution?

Where are we?

How can we enhance the watershed?

 Plant native trees and shrubs. Inspect and pump out your septic system every three to five years. Create wetlands to maintain water balance during wet and dry periods. Reduce the amount of household chemicals you use and store – such as antifreeze, paint, lawn chemicals, detergents, and cleaners. • Ensure manure storage facilities are adequate. See  previous panel for more ideas.

Ausable Bayfield

Watershed Report Card 2013

• Conserve  and connect existing woodlands. • Create natural landscapes to filter stormwater. • Control soil erosion through the use of grassed waterways, berms, cover crops, and crop residue. • Apply nutrients at rates and times that optimize crop uptake. • Dispose of chemicals properly through household hazardous waste days or drop-off locations.

What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land drained by a river or stream. Streams flow into rivers, which eventually flow into the lake. A watershed is connected. Actions within a watershed affect the quality of water downstream.

See the back panel for more actions to reduce non-point source pollution.

What can your community do?

Why measure?

• Support ongoing improvements to municipal infrastructure. • Direct development away from areas of environmental significance. • Support local initiatives to monitor water quality and quantity.

Measuring helps us better understand our watershed. We can focus our work where it is needed and track progress. We measured:

What can agencies do?

Groundwater Surface Water Quality Quality

• Protect wetlands. • Green their operations. • Evaluate the effectiveness of environmental programs.

What local actions have been taken? • Community-based watershed plans and strategies near Bayfield, Grand Bend, and Port Franks have highlighted actions for local agencies and individuals.

Please see:

• www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=bayfield-north  • www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=old-ausable-channel  • www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=port-franks

Wetland Conditions

Do you have questions not answered by this summary document? Visit abca.on.ca for the full report or contact us for more information: Ausable Bayfield Conservation 71108 Morrison Line • RR 3 Exeter, ON • N0M 1S5 E-mail: info@abca.on.ca • Website: abca.on.ca Phone: 519-235-2610 • Facsimile: 519-235-1963 Toll-free: 1-888-286-2610

• Community  plans are required for more local watersheds.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has prepared this report card as a summary of the state of your forests, wetlands, and water resources. The Watershed Report Card is available online and in other formats upon request.

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Forest Conditions

We are one of 36 conservation authorities under Conservation Ontario's umbrella.

Grading A Excellent B Good C Fair D Poor F Very Poor

What is a watershed report card? Ontario’s conservation authorities have developed watershed report cards that are prepared every five years. These report cards use consistent standards across Ontario to report environmental information to you.

02/25/2013 2:47:48 PM


What is our watershed's key issue? Non-point source pollution:

What can you do?

• Comes from many sources • Occurs when rain or snowmelt runs off fields, streets, or backyards • Carries soil particles and pollutants to water bodies and groundwater

• • • •

What actions could you take to reduce non-point source pollution?

Where are we?

How can we enhance the watershed?

 Plant native trees and shrubs. Inspect and pump out your septic system every three to five years. Create wetlands to maintain water balance during wet and dry periods. Reduce the amount of household chemicals you use and store – such as antifreeze, paint, lawn chemicals, detergents, and cleaners. • Ensure manure storage facilities are adequate. See  previous panel for more ideas.

Ausable Bayfield

Watershed Report Card 2013

• Conserve  and connect existing woodlands. • Create natural landscapes to filter stormwater. • Control soil erosion through the use of grassed waterways, berms, cover crops, and crop residue. • Apply nutrients at rates and times that optimize crop uptake. • Dispose of chemicals properly through household hazardous waste days or drop-off locations.

What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land drained by a river or stream. Streams flow into rivers, which eventually flow into the lake. A watershed is connected. Actions within a watershed affect the quality of water downstream.

See the back panel for more actions to reduce non-point source pollution.

What can your community do?

Why measure?

• Support ongoing improvements to municipal infrastructure. • Direct development away from areas of environmental significance. • Support local initiatives to monitor water quality and quantity.

Measuring helps us better understand our watershed. We can focus our work where it is needed and track progress. We measured:

What can agencies do?

Groundwater Surface Water Quality Quality

• Protect wetlands. • Green their operations. • Evaluate the effectiveness of environmental programs.

What local actions have been taken? • Community-based watershed plans and strategies near Bayfield, Grand Bend, and Port Franks have highlighted actions for local agencies and individuals.

Please see:

• www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=bayfield-north  • www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=old-ausable-channel  • www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=port-franks

Wetland Conditions

Do you have questions not answered by this summary document? Visit abca.on.ca for the full report or contact us for more information: Ausable Bayfield Conservation 71108 Morrison Line • RR 3 Exeter, ON • N0M 1S5 E-mail: info@abca.on.ca • Website: abca.on.ca Phone: 519-235-2610 • Facsimile: 519-235-1963 Toll-free: 1-888-286-2610

• Community  plans are required for more local watersheds.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has prepared this report card as a summary of the state of your forests, wetlands, and water resources. The Watershed Report Card is available online and in other formats upon request.

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Forest Conditions

We are one of 36 conservation authorities under Conservation Ontario's umbrella.

Grading A Excellent B Good C Fair D Poor F Very Poor

What is a watershed report card? Ontario’s conservation authorities have developed watershed report cards that are prepared every five years. These report cards use consistent standards across Ontario to report environmental information to you.

02/25/2013 2:47:48 PM


What is our watershed's key issue? Non-point source pollution:

What can you do?

• Comes from many sources • Occurs when rain or snowmelt runs off fields, streets, or backyards • Carries soil particles and pollutants to water bodies and groundwater

• • • •

What actions could you take to reduce non-point source pollution?

Where are we?

How can we enhance the watershed?

 Plant native trees and shrubs. Inspect and pump out your septic system every three to five years. Create wetlands to maintain water balance during wet and dry periods. Reduce the amount of household chemicals you use and store – such as antifreeze, paint, lawn chemicals, detergents, and cleaners. • Ensure manure storage facilities are adequate. See  previous panel for more ideas.

Ausable Bayfield

Watershed Report Card 2013

• Conserve  and connect existing woodlands. • Create natural landscapes to filter stormwater. • Control soil erosion through the use of grassed waterways, berms, cover crops, and crop residue. • Apply nutrients at rates and times that optimize crop uptake. • Dispose of chemicals properly through household hazardous waste days or drop-off locations.

What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land drained by a river or stream. Streams flow into rivers, which eventually flow into the lake. A watershed is connected. Actions within a watershed affect the quality of water downstream.

See the back panel for more actions to reduce non-point source pollution.

What can your community do?

Why measure?

• Support ongoing improvements to municipal infrastructure. • Direct development away from areas of environmental significance. • Support local initiatives to monitor water quality and quantity.

Measuring helps us better understand our watershed. We can focus our work where it is needed and track progress. We measured:

What can agencies do?

Groundwater Surface Water Quality Quality

• Protect wetlands. • Green their operations. • Evaluate the effectiveness of environmental programs.

What local actions have been taken? • Community-based watershed plans and strategies near Bayfield, Grand Bend, and Port Franks have highlighted actions for local agencies and individuals.

Please see:

• www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=bayfield-north  • www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=old-ausable-channel  • www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=port-franks

Wetland Conditions

Do you have questions not answered by this summary document? Visit abca.on.ca for the full report or contact us for more information: Ausable Bayfield Conservation 71108 Morrison Line • RR 3 Exeter, ON • N0M 1S5 E-mail: info@abca.on.ca • Website: abca.on.ca Phone: 519-235-2610 • Facsimile: 519-235-1963 Toll-free: 1-888-286-2610

• Community  plans are required for more local watersheds.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has prepared this report card as a summary of the state of your forests, wetlands, and water resources. The Watershed Report Card is available online and in other formats upon request.

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Forest Conditions

We are one of 36 conservation authorities under Conservation Ontario's umbrella.

Grading A Excellent B Good C Fair D Poor F Very Poor

What is a watershed report card? Ontario’s conservation authorities have developed watershed report cards that are prepared every five years. These report cards use consistent standards across Ontario to report environmental information to you.

02/25/2013 2:47:48 PM


Surface Water Quality

Groundwater Quality Concentrations of nitrate and chloride were measured at 14 Ontario Ministry of the Environment monitoring wells. (Learn about groundwater at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca)

What did we find? • Nitrate  and chloride concentrations are better than the drinking water guidelines in most wells (A grade). • Concentrations of nitrate and chloride approach or exceed the drinking water guidelines at some wells, resulting in a poorer grade (less than A grade). • The quality of your well water may vary from that of the monitoring wells. In some instances, the location of wells was chosen to monitor local issues.

Forest Conditions

Concentrations of phosphorus and Escherichia coli (bacteria) were measured at Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Ausable Bayfield Conservation stations. Benthic invertebrates (small aquatic animals living in the sediment) were also identified. The type and number of these animals are measures of water quality.

What did we find? • Grades  range from A to D, with mostly C grades. • Most  watersheds remain steady – since the last reporting period – however, there have been improvements within the Bannockburn and Main Bayfield watersheds. (Visit abca.on.ca to compare 2007 and 2013 report cards).



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Concentrations of phosphorus and Escherichia coli (bacteria) were measured at Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Ausable Bayfield Conservation stations. Benthic invertebrates (small aquatic animals living in the sediment) were also identified. The type and number of these animals are measures of water quality.

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What is our watershed's key issue? Non-point source pollution:

What can you do?

• Comes from many sources • Occurs when rain or snowmelt runs off fields, streets, or backyards • Carries soil particles and pollutants to water bodies and groundwater

• • • •

What actions could you take to reduce non-point source pollution?

Where are we?

How can we enhance the watershed?

 Plant native trees and shrubs. Inspect and pump out your septic system every three to five years. Create wetlands to maintain water balance during wet and dry periods. Reduce the amount of household chemicals you use and store – such as antifreeze, paint, lawn chemicals, detergents, and cleaners. • Ensure manure storage facilities are adequate. See  previous panel for more ideas.

Ausable Bayfield

Watershed Report Card 2013

• Conserve  and connect existing woodlands. • Create natural landscapes to filter stormwater. • Control soil erosion through the use of grassed waterways, berms, cover crops, and crop residue. • Apply nutrients at rates and times that optimize crop uptake. • Dispose of chemicals properly through household hazardous waste days or drop-off locations.

What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land drained by a river or stream. Streams flow into rivers, which eventually flow into the lake. A watershed is connected. Actions within a watershed affect the quality of water downstream.

See the back panel for more actions to reduce non-point source pollution.

What can your community do?

Why measure?

• Support ongoing improvements to municipal infrastructure. • Direct development away from areas of environmental significance. • Support local initiatives to monitor water quality and quantity.

Measuring helps us better understand our watershed. We can focus our work where it is needed and track progress. We measured:

What can agencies do?

Groundwater Surface Water Quality Quality

• Protect wetlands. • Green their operations. • Evaluate the effectiveness of environmental programs.

What local actions have been taken? • Community-based watershed plans and strategies near Bayfield, Grand Bend, and Port Franks have highlighted actions for local agencies and individuals.

Please see:

• www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=bayfield-north  • www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=old-ausable-channel  • www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=port-franks

Wetland Conditions

Do you have questions not answered by this summary document? Visit abca.on.ca for the full report or contact us for more information: Ausable Bayfield Conservation 71108 Morrison Line • RR 3 Exeter, ON • N0M 1S5 E-mail: info@abca.on.ca • Website: abca.on.ca Phone: 519-235-2610 • Facsimile: 519-235-1963 Toll-free: 1-888-286-2610

• Community  plans are required for more local watersheds.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has prepared this report card as a summary of the state of your forests, wetlands, and water resources. The Watershed Report Card is available online and in other formats upon request.

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Forest Conditions

We are one of 36 conservation authorities under Conservation Ontario's umbrella.

Grading A Excellent B Good C Fair D Poor F Very Poor

What is a watershed report card? Ontario’s conservation authorities have developed watershed report cards that are prepared every five years. These report cards use consistent standards across Ontario to report environmental information to you.

02/25/2013 2:47:48 PM


Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card