Saugeen Conservation is proud to partner with many local organizations and interest groups in coordinating environmental projects.
Our role can involve the actual coordination of the work to be done, securing funds for the project, providing technical expertise, securing manpower in the form of local groups and service clubs, research and development, environmental approvals, etc..
Huron County Clean Water Project
Do you live in Huron County? The Huron County Clean Water Project provides financial and technical assistance to county residents to improve and protect water quality in Huron County. Funded by the County of Huron, the project provides funding of up to 50% for eligible projects and can be combined with other cost-share programs. Call today!
Grants Available for Landowners in Wellington County
Do you live in Wellington County? Financial assistance may be available to qualified landowners to share the cost of selected best management practices that improve and protect ground and surface water quality. An Environmental Farm Plan is required.
Ontario Community Environmental Fund (OCEF)
The province has established the Ontario Community Environmental Fund or OCEF as a way to direct monies obtained through Environmental Penalties into projects located in the watersheds in which the violations occurred.
In 2012, staff held a Berm Buffers and Farm Benefits workshop in the Town of Kincardine. It was a collaborative partnership between the Penetangore Watershed Group, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Bruce Resources Stewardship Network the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation and the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
Topics of the day included the benefits of appropriate riparian and wetland buffers and the benefits of cover crops. Also featured was a discussion on insect and bee pollination and how that improves yield. Switch grass was also discussed as were other best management practices.
A publication was produced specifically for the session, including the names of like organizations within the Lake Huron shoreline and how they can be of benefit to local landowners. To see the publication, click here.
Check out the following link for more information on the Ontario Community Environmental Fund check here.
Painting the Town Yellow!
The SVCA, Municipality of Brockton and local students painted the Town of Walkerton yellow during this past summer. While they may not have focussed on the town in general, yellow fish were painted along stormdrains as an educational program providing awareness about storm drains and how water travels directly into local waterways.
The Yellow Fish Road Program is an excellent educational program that serves to remind residents of all ages that possible pollutants poured down stormdrains will end up directly in local streams and rivers, endangering habitat and all that live there.
For more information, check out www.yellowfishroad.org
Allan Park Tall Grass Prairie
Through the Bruce to Milton Hydro One Biodiversity program, the SVCA was successful in receiving a grant to develop a tall grass prairie. Allan Park
Conservation Area was the site chosen for this project.
Early in June of 2011, staff prepared 1 ha (2.5 acre) site for seeding. The Rural Lambton Stewardship Council from Chatham was hired to assist as they specialize in this type of habitat.
In order to be successful, there needs to be a controlled burn in year 5 and 7 OR keep the area cut in the first two years. Staff are excited to see what successive springs bring in terms of prairie wildflowers and grasses!
Check the following links for more information
Healthy Lake Huron
"A team of dedicated environmental professionals (including Saugeen Conservation), joined together in 2011 to coordinate actions aimed at improving overall water quality along the southeast shores of Lake Huron."
"This group is leading the Healthy Lake Huron - Clean Water, Clean Beaches campaign, a concerted effort to address nuisance algae concerns and to promote safe and clean beaches and shorelines from Sarnia to Tobermory."
For more information on Healthy Lake Huron initiatives, please check out www.healthylakehuron.ca