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$1,000 Student Award

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environment Award for a graduating secondary school student or a student enrolled in university or college.

New Chair, Vice Chair for ABCA

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors elected George Irvin as the new Chair and Doug Cook as the new Vice Chair at the monthly board meeting held on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Well water stewardship survey

Do you own or use a private water well? A survey on well water stewardship invites you to add your voice to a province-wide conversation about what you use your well water for, what you think about your well water, and how you protect your well water.

Bayfield rain garden grants

Bayfield residents have a chance to protect their lake, make their properties even more beautiful, and get grants to do it – by planting rain gardens.

Be aware around coast, bluffs

Lake levels are the highest they have been in years. These higher-than-average lake levels, combined with rain, high winds and wave action lead to erosion at the base of the bluffs and an increase in gully erosion in some areas. This in turn can lead to r

Dinner raises close to $50,000

The 29th Conservation Dinner took place in Exeter on April 12, 2018. This year’s Dinner was another success, raising close to $50,000 in net proceeds for community projects, according to the Dinner Committee.

Flood messages

For current flood messages please click link below.

Conservationist Award Winner

Rick Quinn and Diane Hawthorne, of the Denfield area, and their family, are winners of the Ausable Bayfield Conservationist of the Year Award. The Middlesex County family received the award on Thursday, March 22, 2018 for their work developing and maintai

Watershed Report Card released

Residents of Ausable Bayfield watershed communities now have new information about the state of their forest and water resources. Ausable Bayfield Conservation released the new updated Watershed Report Card (2018) at the annual conservation awards evening

Local flood data important

Local emergency management coordinators, firefighters, police officers, public health personnel and municipal staff were among the more than 25 people who attended the annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting hosted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authori

Wetlands reduce flood risks

More than 60 people, at an annual conservation awards evening, heard that flood-related damages are going up but preserving wetlands can help to reduce risk from those floods.

Student supports tree planting

A nine-year-old student from the Exeter area has helped to make the world a better place with donations to enhance and protect forests at the local and global levels. Mercedes Prout raised $470 in a bake sale at Exeter United Church in February. Her grand

Be Bayfield citizen scientist

Ausable Bayfield Conservation is asking for your help to monitor water quality along the beach in Bayfield.

Watershed Report Card 2018

Ausable Bayfield Conservation is releasing its updated new Watershed Report Card on March 22, 2018. The local release is to take place as part of the annual conservation awards event.

Summer nature day camps return

There is one week of camp from July 23-27, 2018 for young people ages 6 to 9. Then, in August – from August 7 to 11, 2018 – the Wonder, Investigate, Learn, Discover (WILD) Nature Camp takes place for youths ages 10 to 12.

New program supervisors - DWSP

Mary Lynn MacDonald and Donna Clarkson have worked for the program for a number of years and they will jointly oversee the local program as Program Co-Supervisors.

Jones Bridge working group

A community committee met for the first time, on Thursday, February 8, 2017, to begin the in-depth planning needed to raise funds and review designs for the Jones Bridge pedestrian bridge project on the South Huron Trail. The cost of the bridge project is

Feature artist chosen

The Conservation Dinner Committee has selected D. L. Creations, of Bayfield, as the feature artist for the 2018 gala charitable community fundraising auction.

Wetlands speaker on March 22

Natalia Moudrak, the lead author of the report and the Director of the Infrastructure Adaptation Program at the Intact Centre, is to present on the wetlands report on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Ironwood Golf Club, 70969 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter

Places to plant trees

When it seems there’s no land left for trees, landowners are invited to consider four possible areas to plant. Spring tree orders - 2018.

New Water and Planning Manager

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hires new Manager of Water and Planning Geoffrey Cade, former Water and Planning Supervisor, assumes managerial position to replace Alec Scott, who is retiring from Water and Planning Manager position at ABC

Taylor, Beckett Dinner Chairs

The Conservation Dinner Committee has selected Larry Taylor and Jim Beckett as Co-Chairs of the 2018 gala charitable auction event to be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The two volunteers said they were honoured to be chosen.

Soil book author speaks Dec 13

The author of Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, David R. Montgomery, is a guest speaker at the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. The AGM event takes place a

Owls make appearance at event

About 200 people attended the popular annual Owl Prowl on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter. Those who took part met live owls brought in from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. Most of the people o

Gord Miller in Thedford

The former Ontario Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, is to speak in Thedford (south of Grand Bend) on Friday, October 20, 2017. His topic is what we can do about the climate crisis. He is featured at the Earth Rises II event. It takes place at the


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