Round 4 Projects by Region - Announced August 2009

Watershed-wide Projects

Project Name: Application and Further Development of a Watershed-based Phosphorus Flux Model (INCA-P) to the Lake Simcoe Sub-watersheds

Project Proponent: Trent University

Description: This project involves obtaining better quantitative information on phosphorous export from various land uses via rivers. The project also seeks to develop quantitative tools to evaluate land use management practices and their role in ameliorating nutrient influx.


Project Name: Predicting the Influence of Mixing Hydrodynamics and Food Web Structure on Spatial Variability of Phosphorus Concentrations in Lake Simcoe with a 3-D Model

Project Proponent: York University

Description: This project will look at the models used to predict average, long-term phosphorus concentrations and dissolved oxygen profiles. This will allow managers to focus more effectively on mitigation and restoration initiatives to achieve sub-watershed and whole lake water quality and fish community objectives.


Project Name: Updating Critical Wetland Baseline Data for the Lake Simcoe Watershed

Project Proponent: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Description: This project updates the critical wetland baseline data for the Lake Simcoe Watershed. This information will be used to identify, protect and restore high priority habitats.


Project Name: Water Reuse\Recycling Feasibility Analysis in the Lake Simcoe Watershed

Project Proponent: Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Description: This project undertakes three detailed analyses:

  • Supply versus demand for non-potable water users.
  • Infrastructure and associated costs needed to make a system work from the sewage treatment plant to the user.
  • Potential user applications of treated effluent from irrigation to recharging aquifers under stress.

Project Name: Watershed Rainfall Characteristics vs Phosphorus Loading Project

Project Proponent: Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Description: This project determines the direct correlation between rainfall characteristics and phosphorous loading to provide strategic direction for the implementation of retrofits for existing storm-water management facilities and future treatment systems.


Project Name: Wetland & Riparian Restoration Project

Project Proponent: Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Description: This project increases natural wetland cover in the Lake Simcoe watershed to reduce phosphorus inputs and improve fish habitat.


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Projects Near Barrie

Project Name: Oil and Grit Separation Device - Maple Avenue Parking Lot #3

Project Proponent: The Corporation of the City of Barrie

Description: This project involves improving the quality of storm runoff from Maple Avenue Parking Lot #3 by reducing pollution and excessive nutrients from entering Kempenfelt Bay.


Project Name: Oil and Grit Separation Device - Spirit Catcher Parking Lot

Project Proponent: The Corporation of the City of Barrie

Description: This project improves the quality of storm runoff from the Spirit Catcher Parking Lot by reducing pollution and excessive nutrients from entering Kempenfelt Bay.


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Projects Near Black River

Project Name: Wetland Ecological Goods and Services Valuation Project

Project Proponent: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Description: Utilizing the collaborative expertise of the University of Guelph and watershed partners, Ducks Unlimited Canada is conducting the research that will establish the environmental and economic values of wetlands at a watershed scale.


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Projects Near Bradford

Project Name: Scanlon Creek Implementation

Project Proponent: Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Description: This project involves conducting fisheries and benthic studies, constructing a streambank stabilization demonstration project, erecting educational signage, and increasing community outreach.


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Projects Near Brock Township

Project Name: Beaver River Fisheries Enhancement and Erosion Control

Project Proponent: Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Description: This project involves installing a new water crossing on a multi-use recreational trail to improve the health of the aquatic ecosystem in the Beaver River.


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Projects Near Kawartha Lakes

Project Name: Tributaries to the Talbot Fencing Project

Project Proponent: Couchiching Conservancy

Description: This project will restrict 700 head of cattle from 12.5 kilometres of tributaries to the Talbot River, and will provide alternate water sources for the cattle.


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Projects Near Keswick

Project Name: Keffers Marina Habitat Restoration Project

Project Proponent: Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Description: The project comprises 2 parts:

  • On-land: Removing the asphalt and gravel parking area and restoring a grassed area and naturalizing the shoreline.
  • In water: Removing and disposing of the old docks and solid rock-crib break wall and creating new fish habitat on the bed of Lake Simcoe.

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Projects Near King Township

Project Name: Headwaters, coldwater and connectivity in the West Holland watershed - Happy Valley Forest to Pottageville Swamp corridor

Project Proponent: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Description: This project involves assessing aquatic habitat conditions and conservation priorities, championing and recognizing riparian restoration efforts, fostering land conservation through outreach activities, and expanding land securement in the study area.


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Projects Near the Maskinonge Watershed

Project Name: Wetlands as a Nutrient Buffer: Evaluation of Mill Creek and Victoria Point Wetlands in Orillia, Ontario

Project Proponent: Lakehead University - Orillia

Description: This project involves studying the potential of wetlands to act as a nutrient buffer by retaining and precipitating nutrients (especially phosphates and total phosphorous) in order to reduce phosphate loading into Lake Simcoe.


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Project Near Newmarket

Project Name: D'arcy Creek Naturalization Project

Project Proponent: Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Description: This project involves rehabilitating priority habitats in order to restore the health of the aquatic ecosystem and coldwater fishery in Lake Simcoe.


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Projects Near Orillia

Project Name: Bluff's Creek Headwater: 2009 Water Quality Improvement Plan

Project Proponent: Kids for Turtles

Description: This project involves reducing phosphorus inputs from rural and urban sources, enhancing research and monitoring, and rehabilitating degraded habitats in order to restore the health of the aquatic habitat and the coldwater fishery in Lake Simcoe.

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