Environmental News

Rural Stormwater Management Model Project

Conservation groups, agencies and landowners along Lake Huron's southeast shores in rural Ontario are working together to create a rural stormwater management model to be completed in 2014.  Specific software is being developed building on existing tools to make it possible to implement improved strategic actions to protect water quality. Five priority watersheds are involved with this project including the Pine River watershed.
More information can be found in the news at the right hand side of this page.


Emerald Ash Borer

 In the summer of 2012, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was sighted in Huron-Kinloss.  This invasive beetle has destroyed over 100  million ash trees in southern Ontario, Michigan and surrounding areas.   On the right hand side of this page there is information to learn more about what you can do particularly if you have ash trees on your property.


Tree Preservation by-law

In August, 2011, the township passed a Tree Preservation by-law for the purpose of:

  • Protecting vegetation in the Lakeshore Urban Area along the bluff for the purpose of habitat protection, water quality, aesthetics, and a buffer zone;
  • Retention of tree cover in the lakeshore area;
  • Minimizing the destruction or injuring of trees;
  • Regulating and controlling the removal, maintenance and protection of trees;
  • Protecting, promoting and enhancing the aesthetic values of land;
  • Sustaining a healthy natural environment;
  • Prevent soil erosion and water run-off;
  • Protecting significant and sensitive natural areas to ensure maximum environmental benefits of  trees in both urban and rural settings;
  • Contributing to human health and quality of life through the maintenance of tree cover and woodlots; 
  •  Protecting woodlots that are less than 1 hectare in size and not under the jurisdiction of the County of Bruce Forest Conservation By-law; 

As stipulated in the by-law, the land affected by this is defined as the "bluff":
“Bluff” is the sloped area that comprised the old Algonquin shoreline and runs parallel to the Lake Huron shoreline between the North and South boundaries of the Township of Huron-Kinloss and shall include the area defined as the toe of the bluff to 3 metres beyond the top of the bluff.

To see if your property falls in this area, please check with the maps at the right hand side.


The Minisitry of Natural Resources Beach Management Agreement By-law is a by-law to authroize the exectution of a memorandum of agreement regarding Crown lands in the Township of Huron-Kinloss with the ministry of natural resources. The Township can enforce the prohibition of the use of motorized vehicles on the beach, prohibit littering, prohibit the alteration or destuction of sand dunes and that pet owners clean up after their animals.


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