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Catfish Creek and Kettle Creek Conservation Authorities 1992 summary report

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Title: Catfish Creek and Kettle Creek Conservation Authorities 1992 summary report
Author: Steele, Margaret
Abstract: The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority and the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority watersheds are located adjacent to each other on the north shore of Lake Erie. The major urban areas are St. Thomas in the Kettle Creek watershed and Aylmer in the Catfish Creek watershed. Both watersheds empty into Lake Erie which is also where the two major beaches for the watersheds are located. There are also beaches at different conservation areas in the watersheds. The two Conservation Authorities have entered into a joint Clean Up Rural Beaches Study beginning in 1992. This joint study focuses on surface water quality within the watersheds and is funded by the Ministry of the Environment under the Provincial Rural Beaches Program. The program began because of the increase in the number of beach closures due to high bacteria levels in the early 1980's. These elevated levels can cause minor skin, nose, ear, eye and throat infections as well as stomach ailments. A local steering committee directs the study and is made up of representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Natural Resources, Elgin-St. Thomas Health Unit, a Representative of the Farming Community, Drainage Superintendent, and both Conservation Authorities. Both Conservation Authorities are concerned with the water quality in the watersheds and it was felt that a study to identify and prioritize the sources of pollution in the watersheds was needed. From this study, the measures needed to improve water quality could be identified. This report is the first year report of a two year study phase.
Date: 1993
Rights: Queen's Printer for Ontario, Crown Copyright, Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Queen's Printer for Ontario

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