Main Bayfield Watershed

Bayfield Harbour
Bayfield Harbour

People living around the Bayfield River have been working for two years on a watershed plan to protect and improve forest conditions, wetlands, and water quality.

The plan focuses on the four principles of the Lake Huron-Georgian Bay Framework for Community Action: Building Awareness, Supporting Community Involvement, Taking Action, and Measuring Success. The community launched the plan in the autumn of 2013 and is now working to implement it on the ground.

Recommendations in the plan include establishing buffers and rain gardens, creating wetlands or berms, maintaining crop residue, following nutrient management plans, and planting windbreaks and trees on marginal land. Individual landowners have completed 22 projects and started another 30 projects which are to be completed in 2014.

A community advisory committee is raising awareness about the plan through local events that include a rain-barrel sale, rain garden workshop, and a watershed walk to gather more information about how water flows over the landscape.

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, a U.S. foundation dedicated to nurturing environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metropolitan Detroit and supporting initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Basin, provided Ausable Bayfield Conservation with $100,000 for the work that was done with landowners to help restore wetlands and prepare the local watershed plan. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and Environment Canada also contributed.

More information about the plan is available on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at the following link:


Bayfield Beach flies Blue Flag once again

Raising the Blue Flag for the 4th consecutive year at Bayfield Main Beach

June 2013 marked the fourth consecutive year that Bayfield has raised the internationally-recognized Blue Flag at Bayfield Main Beach.

Blue Flag certification is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict criteria for water quality, environmental education, environmental management, safety, and services.

The award helps drive the tourist economy in both Bayfield and Huron County. Effective land-management practices upstream can play an important role in protecting and improving water quality in the lake.

Landowners and community groups can use the Main Bayfield Watershed Plan to take actions that will improve water quality and help maintain the Blue Flag designation.



Mari Veliz

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority
519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610   

Bayfield Harbour
Bayfield Harbour
Bayfield Harbour
Bayfield Harbour


Main Bayfield Watershed





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