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Sauble River Watershed beaches impact study 1986

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Title: Sauble River Watershed beaches impact study 1986
Author: Grey Sauble Conservation Authority
Abstract: Southern Ontario beaches have been increasingly plagued by closures due to bacterial contamination. The Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, funded by the Ministry of the Environment, carried out a study of the Sauble River System to investigate and develop ways to alleviate this situation at Sauble Beach. Through water quality analysis and the visual inspection of watercourses, it was determined that 82% of tributaries sampled had average fecal coliform counts greatly exceeding Ministry criteria. The lower velocity and higher volume of the main river kept levels generally below the guideline during base flow conditions. Major bacterial sources observed in study area streams were open livestock accesses, runoff from barnyard and manure storage areas and in some places wildlife and human contributions. A program of information and education was undertaken to increase public awareness of the pollution problem on the river. Previously there has been little incentive to change traditional land use practices which may contribute to degraded water quality. Demonstration projects, increased OSCEPAP funding and continued efforts by the Ministry of the Environment and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority are recommended as actions toward the improvement of water quality on the Sauble River.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14955
Date: 1986
Rights: Queen's Printer for Ontario, Crown Copyright, Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Queen's Printer for Ontario


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