Rural Stormwater Management Model

Rural Stormwater Management Model
2012 – 2014
Developed through a partnership of
landowners, governments, and agencies
throughout the southeast shores of Lake
Huron, from Sarnia to Tobermory
Rural Stormwater
Management Model
Ausable Bayfield Conservation
Authority (ABCA) is taking the
lead in this partnership project, in
support of the Healthy Lake Huron
Executive Steering Committee
(Lake Huron Southeast Shores)
• There is currently no model of this kind that will
allow us to better understand and manage rural
stormwater and limit impact of runoff on water
• Stewardship funding is limited – this model will
allow us to prioritize the kinds of projects that will
have the most benefit in the areas that will have
the greatest ability to reduce impacts on Lake
Huron watersheds
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Projected Benefits
• Address nearshore water quality
• Reduce impacts on lakes and rivers
• Reduce risks to health
• Limit erosion
• Reduce flooding and storm runoff
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Five Priority
• Pine River
• North Shore (Garvey
Glenn Drain)
• Bayfield North (Gullies)
•Main Bayfield
• Lambton Shores
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Project Team Partnership
• Healthy Lake Huron (Southeast Shores) Executive Steering
Committee (22 members)
• Province of Ontario (MOE, OMAFRA, MMAH, MNR)
• Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks
• First Nations
• Counties and health units – Huron, Bruce, Lambton
• Environmental agencies
• Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (lead)
• Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
• St. Clair Region Conservation Authority
• Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority
• Grey-Sauble Conservation Authority
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Other Partners
• Farmers and other landowners
• Universities and/or consultants
• Other agencies
Rural Stormwater Management Model
• Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water,
Clean Beaches initiative for Lake Huron
Southeast Shores
• Funding support from Province of
Ontario’s Showcasing Water Innovation
(SWI) Program
Developing the model
Expected Outcomes:
• Develop and test model
• Demonstrate positive impact of
• Develop commitments past end of project
• Apply technology to other areas
• Total budget ~ $900,000
• Revenue
– Province of Ontario’s Showcasing Water Innovation
Program (SWI) $700,000
– Conservation authorities and agencies and
landowners over two years, County of Huron Clean
Water Project, Canada-Ontario Agreement, etc.
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Funding announced in December of 2011
Finalizing funding agreement at present
Model terms of reference summer of 2012
Project complete by March 2014
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Key activities:
• Create project steering committee
• Create communications committee
• Develop Terms of Reference for model
• Issue Request for Proposals
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Key activities:
• Develop specific software for a rural
stormwater management model
• Increase monitoring through five new water
monitoring stations in five priority watersheds
• Integrate into the model more precise
information: precipitation, drainage patterns and
systems, flow paths, forest cover, land uses,
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Key activities:
• Ongoing monitoring of sentinel
• Develop communications plan for
knowledge transfer
• Showcase to landowners + stakeholders
locally, nationally, internationally
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Rural Stormwater Management Model
Rural Stormwater Management Model