Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Ausable River Recovery Strategy Projects You Can Do

The Ausable River Recovery Team is made up of watershed landowners and staff from Ausable Bayfield Conservation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and local municipalities. 

An Action Plan for the Ausable River in Canada: An Ecosystem Approach updates and replaces the former Ausable River Recovery Strategy. A new Action Plan will guide these partners in their future work to protect species at risk in the Ausable River.

To find out more, please visit our new Ausable River Recovery (and Ausable River Action Plan) page:

Projects you can do to help

Habitat Improvement - What you can do to help!

There are many ways to improve stream health and ultimately the chances of survival for the species at risk in the Ausable River!

The following stewardship practices are only a few of the ways landowners can sustain and enhance the natural aquatic communities of the Ausable Basin.

Find out what one of your neighbours has been doing to help protect wildlife habitat and water quality - and how funding programs can help you join in this important work - by downloading the 2008 ABCA Habitat Stewardship Program flyer.

Riparian Buffers

Riparian buffers are strips of natural vegetation that line the edges of streams and rivers. They have many important functions that help keep waterways healthy including;

* Filtering pollution (e.g., sediments, chemicals, nutrients, etc.),

* Stabilizing streambanks,

* Cooling stream temperatures,

* Providing aquatic habitat.


Restricting Livestock Access to Watercourses

Gravel streambeds free from silt build-up provide a healthy habitat where fish and mussels can thrive. Livestock often trample down stream banks which leads to streambed siltation and bank erosion. Because siltation is a major factor in mussel and fish species decline, putting up a fence and keeping livestock out of watercourses is an important and effective step in saving these species at risk and improving water quality.




Grassed Waterways

Grassed waterways on your property will not only benefit water quality and the species that live in the water, but will also help to protect long term agricultural sustainability. A grassed waterway will help to conserve precious topsoil.

A grassed waterway will also reduce the effects of erosion by filtering sediment and nutrient contaminants and controlling overland waterflow.

Habitat Stewardship Grants

Find out about grants available through Ausable Bayfield Conservation the Ausable River Recovery Strategy Habitat Stewardship Project by visiting the Foresty and Land Stewardship page.

For more information about any of the stewardship practices and grants available to you, please contact the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519-235 -2610 or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610 or visit the staff contacts page.

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