We appreciate your interest in the work of landowners and other partners, like you, who are creating healthier Ausable Bayfield watershed communities. This newsletter is to let you know about opportunities for stewardship funding and technical support, programs, events, community news, the work of Ausable Bayfield Conservation and its partners, and ways you can help improve water quality, forest conditions, and habitat in your community.
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Public gets rare chance to tour Parkhill Dam

Interested people will get a rare chance to tour the Parkhill Dam on Saturday, July 21

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff members will host free tours of the Parkhill Dam starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. Tours run until 12 p.m. noon.  “This is the first time we have done public tours like these,” said Alec Scott, ABCA Water and Planning Manager. “This open house will give people a better understanding of the design of Parkhill Dam and how it operates.”   For more information visit:  


Public helps local project to earn Shell grant

Ausable Bayfield Conservation project to improve water quality gets boost from Shell FuellingChange™ Program, public votes

Public votes helped an Ausable Bayfield Conservation local environmental project earn $25,000 through the Shell FuellingChange™ Program. “We would like to thank all the people who voted at to make this possible,” said Tracey McPherson, Geographic Information Systems Specialist with the ABCA. “We appreciate Shell Canada’s program in support of environmental projects in Canada and the public participation and support that made this local project one of the top projects in its category.”   For more information visit:

Drinking Water Source Protection

Stay tuned to source protection website

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC) would like to thank all the people who took part in one of four public meeting opportunities held in June of 2012 to inspect, review and provide comments on drafts of proposed source protection plans. See the video to find out more about source protection planning and stay posted to for notice of proposed source protection plans - pending.   For more information visit:

Rural Stormwater Management Model Project

Rural Stormwater Management Model Project continues to move forward

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), the lead agency of the Rural Stormwater Management Model Project, on behalf of the Healthy Lake Huron: Clean Water, Clean Beaches Initiative, is requesting Expressions of Interest from Businesses/Companies/ Agencies to provide consulting services for the background review, collaborative discussions, and development of a mathematical model to be able to define and predict impacts of rural stormwater runoff. The successful Applicant at the Request for Proposals stage will work directly with the ABCA, the Southeast Shores Executive Steering Committee, and sub committees, in performing this work within the guidelines established for the Showcasing Water Innovation Project Funding.      For more information visit:

Woodland Reflection Shelter Volunteers

Wanted: You! To join a great group of volunteers ...

Are you enthusiastic about conservation education, accessible trails and hiking, creating outdoor recreation and nature opportunities, and supporting water quality and local species monitoring? If so, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) may be looking for you. The Conservation Foundation has released a call for volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors among other roles.  For more information visit:

Parkhill Dam Open House and Tour

Public support so great this year for summer nature day camps ABCA considers adding second week

The Summer Nature Day Camp from Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17, 2012 at Morrison Dam Conservation Area near Exeter is now FULL! A second week may be added August 20-24
If you are interested in a sending your child to a second week of Summer Nature Day Camp from August 20-24, Ausable Bayfield Conservation will be accepting names for a waiting list. The enthusiastic support of parents and guardians and local businesses helped bring the camps back this year. Consider sending a child or sponsoring a child for camp. For more information visit: Day Camps  
Level One Low Water Advisory

Watch Ausable Bayfield Conservation website for low water advisories

The Water Response Team (WRT) has, to date, maintained a the Level 1 Low Water Advisory for all Ausable Bayfield watersheds, based on low-water indicators. Keep posted to Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at for updates .

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Mosquito numbers down but work continues

Mosquito numbers down but efforts continue

Residents and tourists are enjoying the lack of mosquitoes in the Parkhill area this year but the local community, municipality, Health Unit, and conservation authority are continuing their efforts to ensure the bugs stay away – not only for now, but in the future as well. For more information visit:   
Arkona Lions Car Show

Arkona Lions Car Show and Community Day getting closer - rare chance for free gate fee to Rock Glen CA

The Eighth Annual Arkona Lions Car Show and Community Day takes place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Rock Glen Conservation Area, 8680 Rock Glen Road, Arkona. Vehicle admission for car show entrants only $5. Spectators enter free! No gate fee this day only! Dash plaques and goodie bags to first 100 cars. Door prizes and food for sale by Arkona Lioness Club. Sponsored by Arkona Lions and Lioness Clubs. For more information visit:   
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