Carolinian Canada: Wildlife Gardens For Healthy Neighborhoods

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Since 1984, Carolinian Canada Coalition has been a leading ecoregional group in Canada. They bring together thousands of people and groups who care for our unique habitat network, green infrastructure to support thriving wild and human communities in harmony for generations.

Carolinian Canada’s diverse network advances a strategic ‘Big Picture’ vision for healthy landscapes and a green future in Canada’s deep south.  They have kindly put together a document ‘Wildlife Garden’ which can be viewed here Wildlife Garden 2019

For more information on the organisation and it’s many programs visit Carolinian Canada

BSRA Annual General Meeting August 17 2019

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BSRA 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 17, 2019
St. Peter’s Church Hall at 73334 Bluewater Highway
Coffee ready at 9:00 am.  Meeting begins at 9:30 am

Please bring your own coffee mug.

To have you back to your cottage in a timely manner, we are planning a short business meeting that will include: approval of previous minutes, financial reports, regular reports and election of the BSRA Officers for 2019-2020.
To review the Agenda and Minutes prior to attending the BSRA Annual Meeting, AGM Documents 2019

The Huron County Clean Water: Septic Upgrade Grants

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The Huron County Clean Water Project is gearing up to tackle another source of water pollution: septic systems.

People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste. But they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination.

“Failed septic systems are demonstrated point sources of nutrient loadings, infectious agents, residual medication and domestic products that can have a chronic negative effect on watercourses in Huron County,” said Doug Hocking of Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) . “All septic tile beds eventually require replacement.”

The Huron Clean Water Project (HCWP) is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also a high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.

The grant approval process is similar to other HCWP projects. Staff will help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.

The first application deadline is May 31 and the second intake period ends Aug. 31.

The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.

People interested in applying are invited to call Doug Hocking at MVCA, 519 335-3557 Ext. 236 or Kate Monk at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, 519 235-2610 Ext. 227.