$240,000 Trillium grant to support soil erosion prevention work on Bruce Peninsula

Post date: Apr 11, 2016 3:59:13 AM

By Denis Langlois, Sun Times, Owen Sound

Thursday, March 17, 2016 3:24:19 EDT PM

The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association will receive just over $240,000 over three years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support its efforts to tackle the problem of soil erosion on agricultural land.

The non-profit organization says its ongoing work with farmers on the peninsula will improve water quality by preventing sediments from entering streams, while also benefiting farmland by keeping soil and nutrients on fields.

“The objectives are not just water quality but local community enhancement as well,” Neils Munk, a program manager with the association, said in an interview Thursday.

Soil erosion has been linked to poor stream water conditions that flow downstream into Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, the organization says. It also reduces the fertility of farmers’ fields.

The association says its work will make streams and shorelines clearer, with fewer algae blooms, which will help fish habitat and water quality at beaches.