This newsletter is to keep you informed about what is happening in your watershed community. We thank you for your interest and your work to protect soil, water, and living things.

Flood Messages

Ausable Bayfield Conservation issues flood messages including Flood Watches and Flood Warnings; Visit website at or see messages on Facebook, Twitter

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is regularly updating flood messages for the entire ABCA area and for some distinct watersheds based on current conditions.
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Levels of Flood Messages

The ABCA issues four levels of messages:
1. Normal – At times when no flood conditions exist
2. Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook / Water Safety (Previously High Water Safety Bulletin): General watershed conditions are being assessed for high runoff potential that could lead to flooding, and to rFlood messages iconemind the public of general river safety issues.
3. Flood Watch (Previously Flood Advisory): Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
4. Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

Conservation Dinner gala charitable auction

Rolling out red carpet for 25th year of Conservation Dinner
Fine art still integral to charitable gala and auction but sports and entertainment memorabilia, jewellery, travel packages, and other items are increasingly popular: Dinner Committee:

The community committee behind the 25th Conservation Dinner is literally rolling out the red carpet this year. The red carpet will be one of the special features of anniversary edition of the charitable dinner and auction which takes place Thursday, April 10, 2014 at South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter. The gala event also features appetizers, dinner, wine tasting, live auction, silent auction, Super Silent auction, special raffle prize packages worth thousands of dollars, general raffle prize packages, fellowship, and some special anniversary features. Auction items include original art, signed sports and entertainment memorabilia, travel packages, jewellery, handcrafts, and much more.
The Conservation Dinner is hosted by the Exeter Lions Club, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and other volunteers with the support of generous donors, sponsors, and Dinner guests/patrons. The event is a local success story with supporters having raised more than $870,000 in net proceeds over the past quarter of a century for projects in the watershed community
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Local rain barrel blitz growing with more groups, schools

Rain barrel drive is Win-Win-Win-Win - Save money on your water bill, support a local school or community group; conserve water; protect and improve water quality:  The area blitz to get more local people using rain barrels has grown. The Bayfield Blitz rain barrel truckload sale started with three community partners and it has now grown to six, said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds Technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation.
The following schools and community organizations are helping to conserve water and protect water through the sale of rain barrels:
  • Bayfield River Valley Trail Association;
  • Brucefield Community United Church;
  • Goderich District Collegiate Institute Green Industries Class;
  • Seaforth Public School;
  • South Huron District High School Eco Team;
  • and Vanastra Recreation Centre.
“This was a community effort that started with the local advisory committee that developed the Main Bayfield Watershed Plan,” Brock said. “The people on the committee made recommendations on ways to protect and improve water quality in the area and one of the ideas in their plan was to get more people to use rain barrels.” The idea started with the community and now these six community groups, along with rain barrel purchasers, are helping to make the idea reality.
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Free rain garden workshop

Local people invited to free rain garden workshop in Clinton
 Workshop to be held for those who want to find out what a rain garden is; how to plan and plant one; and how a rain garden can create beauty at their home while also protecting water quality

Healthy Watersheds Technician Angela Van Niekerk, of Ausable Bayfield Conservation, will present at a free rain garden workshop to be held in Clinton on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Interested people are invited to register in advance with Angela at 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail to reserve their spot at the workshop.
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Kate Monk

Past successes guide future

Speaker honours watershed community for three major milestones: Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s Kate Monk thanked the watershed community for its accomplishments of 10 years of MacNaughton-Morrison Section of South Huron Trail; 25 years of watershed improvements supported by the Conservation Dinner; and 50 years of outdoor nature education through conservation program at Camp Sylvan. The Conservation Awards evening on March 20 featured a celebration of three Ausable Bayfield watershed milestones with representatives from different community groups attending to be honoured. More than 60 people attended the event to see the presentation of the Conservationist of the Year Award to Bob Norris, of RR 2 Staffa; and hear a reflection on past watershed community successes and a look to the future by Kate. The evening also featured presentations of years of service awards to directors and staff.
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Watershed Management Strategy in 2014

Watershed Management Strategy

Ausable Bayfield Conservation is at work in 2014 to develop a detailed Watershed Management Strategy which will help to implement the community's direction in the Conservation Strategy.
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For copies of the Conservation Strategy for you or your community group please e-mail or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Bob Norris named Conservationist of the Year

Conservationist of Year winner
West Perth landowner Bob Norris, of RR 2 Staffa, was named the Conservationist of the Year at the annual Conservation Awards hosted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation on March 20, 2014

Mike Tam, Chairman of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors, presented Conservationist of the Year award winner Bob Norris with a limited-edition conservation print of the Latornell Tree, by Bonna Rouse. The print is one of 310 made for a special edition by Conservation Ontario. Ausable Bayfield Conservation will also make a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site. “I certainly appreciate it,” Norris said upon receiving the recognition. “I’m honoured to accept the award.”
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Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff honoured for years of service.

Years of Service Awards

Directors, staff recognized: Dave Frayne, Past Chairman, ABCA Board of Directors, presented Years of Service Awards to directors including: Don Shipway, Six Years, North Middlesex; Ute Stumpf, Three Years, Adelaide Metcalfe and Middlesex Centre; Janisse Zimmerman, Three Years, Bluewater; Lorie Scott, Three Years, Lambton Shores and Warwick; and Mike Tam, Three Years, West Perth. Past General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer Tom Prout, now retired, returned for the evening to present years of service awards to the new General Manager, Brian Horner, for more than five years of service; and to Judith Parker, Corporate Services Coordinator, for more than 25 years of service. Other staff years of service awards were presented to: Dale Cable, 15 Years; Tracey McPherson, Ten Years; Brynn Upsdell Wright, Five Years; and Jenna Allain, Five Years.
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Ontario Institute of Agrologists honours Tom Prout

Carbon calculator

Trees help to reduce the impacts of climate change and also provide other benefits such as biodiversity and improved water quality: You can tackle a global problem with local actions. Your carbon footprint is the greenhouse gas emissions released by typical aspects of your lifestyle, including vehicle fuel use, air travel and home energy use. To find out how much greenhouse gas you produce, use the carbon calculator to find out how much greenhouse gas you produce and how many trees can be planted to compensate for that, and how you can make that tree planting happen. Visit this link:
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