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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New Study of Lake Huron's Shoreline Coming

Lake Huron Shoreline | by Megan Johnson  

Coastal Action Plan will highlight what's happening along Lake Huron's south eastern shoreline

A first of its kind study for Lake Huron will be completed this fall by the Lake Huron Coastal Centre, and it will tell us what's happening along the shoreline from Sarnia to Tobermory. 

The Coastal Action Plan (CAP) will highlight what's happening along Lake Huron's 900km of south eastern shoreline, primarily areas in need of protection, restoration and enhancement. The study will focus on 1-4 km inland and offshore to water depths of 5 metres, as well as what's occurring near islands. 

Daniela Klicper of the Lake Huron Coastal Centre (LHCC) says through this study a technical and public document, as well as various informational videos and communications will be released. In the fall the LHCC will provide information to stakeholders at their Municipal Forum in Goderich.

"The reason we've wanted to do something here is to show that what is done in the north end of Lake Huron does effect what goes on in the south end," says Klicper.

She highlights focuses on alvar ecosystem in the Bruce Peninsula, island ecosystems and the near shore.

"We have quite a bit of various stewardship guides and management plans along the coast but no over-arching unified vision. We want to be able to show that through the Coastal Action Plan those in the south and in the north can see how their actions are impacting each other and how we can work together."

She adds the information released from the report will focus not only on sediment transportation but also how pollutants travel, and the "bigger picture".

Work on the CAP began in 2016. Funding for the project was provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, with support from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, (MECP) along with Environment Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

The work was steered through a committee that featured the work of First Nations and Metis Communities, MECP, ECCC, Conservation Authorities, Universities and NGO's.

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