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2014 Coast Watchers Report
Coast Watchers is an initiative developed by the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (Coastal Centre) and designed to engage members of the community to take an active part in both observing and helping to improve the quality of nearshore waters of Lake Huron through individual actions. More >
Landowner Guide for Protecting Lambton’s Shores
Caring for Our Coast is a lakeshore landowner guide for residents of Lambton County. It provides stewardship information and tips for protecting the high quality of the beaches and dunes in the Grand Bend-Pinery-Ipperwash area.
Beach Conservation - The Trouble with Beach Grooming - Factsheet
Some conventional beach management practices that include mechanized raking or grooming the beach can be destructive and have long-range implications for the sustainability of the beachdune system. / While grooming may “beautify” the beach, aggressive mechanized grooming removes significant amounts of wrack and sand and disturbs or destroys countless beach organisms as well as beach nesting habitat
Front cover: Understanding Small Life along Lake Huron's Shores - Feb. 2014Understanding Small Life along Lake Huron's Shores - Feb. 2014  Small bugs, called macro-invertebrates, can tell us a lot about shoreline ecology and the health of the lake.  A recent study by the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation was designed to look specifically in the shallow waters along the shore of the lake to gain a better understanding of what lives here in the lakebed sediments.  >>> more
Extreme Water Levels on Lake HuronExtreme Water Levels on Lake Huron. Position Statement of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, 2013
Lake Huron Coastal Bluff Native Plants Guide - 2013 - "This "Native Plant Guide" for Lake Huron's coastal bluffs, provides information on the appropriate native plant species that people should consider for planting or restoring bluffs and gullies. This document supports the Bluff Stewardship Guide, a parent document which gives some essential background information on erosion processes and the ecosystem workings of bluffs and gullies.
Thumbnail icon of cover from Lake Huron Bluff Stewardship GuideLake Huron Bluff Stewardship Guide - Coastal property owners have watched, cared for, and enjoyed their coastal properties for many years. They see the changes that happen over the course of a year, over many years, and after a sudden dramatic storm. You know that the joys of living by the coast are tempered by certain risks and costs. more >
2012 Coast Watchers Final Report
Coast Watchers is a program developed by the Coastal Centre. A pilot was launched in 2012.  This report summarizes the collected data and explains changes made to the program for 2013.
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Thumbnail of front cover depicting a white flowering plant.Lake Huron's Coastal Wetlands. Ecosystems of Wonder  - Coastal wetlands along Lake Huron are a key ecosystem that provides an array of benefits including improving water quality, recreational opportunities, and natural habitat for rare plants and animals.   These wetlands are at risk from avoidable human impacts, that occur due to a poor understanding of these ecosystems.  more >
Phragmites and Coastal Environments - final report 2012 - iconPhragmites and Coastal Environments - final report 2012  - The invasive European Reed (aka Common Reed) has been taking over Lake Huron beaches. Over a six-month intensive investigation, we map the occurrence of this plant species along the shores of Lake Huron and set priorities for control efforts in an effort to 'take back our beaches'.
2011 Year In Review2011 Year In Review - Office Opens in Goderich - Kincardine Coastal Stewardship Plan - Phragmites research - Dune restoration planting - more >
Kincardine Coastal Stewardship PlanKincardine Coastal Stewardship Plan  - Kincardine's coast is made up of three main coastal types, each of which are globally rare.  From Dune Grasslands to Cobble Beaches to Coastal Meadow Marshes,  these special ecosystems give Kincardine's coast a unique character. As demands on the coast increase, protecting the health of these ecosystems will become more challenging.
Healthy Lake Huron Newsletter, Summer 2011Healthy Lake Huron Newsletter, Summer 2011 - This Issue: Project Highlights for All Five Priority Subwatersheds; Farmers Putting Environmental Farm Plans to Work; First Nation Protects Water; Local Health Unit Helps Beach Users; New Huron County Septic System Maintenance Program; Community Resource Planning Guides Available; Why is Too Much Phosphorus an Issue?
Algae and Water Quality - Walking the Green MileAlgae and Water Quality - Walking the Green Mile - One of the things we least like when we go for a swim in the lake is coming out with green slime clinging to our hair. Algae is a regular occurrence on the Great Lakes. Too much algae on our beaches and nearshore waters, though, usually indicates a  problem with the local ecology.
Thumbnail - LHCCC Dune Planting Guide 2010 LHCCC Dune Planting Guide 2010 The Centre has produced this guide for native planting and naturalization in dune grassland areas of Lake Huron's coast, in partnership with University of Guelph's School of Landscape Architecture. It suggests what plants to use, and what to avoid. Contact the Centre for more information on dune conservation. 57 pages (3 MB)
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Data Report for Lake Huron - (2004-2009) It's no 'day at the beach' when you have to navigate garbage left behind by thoughtless beachgoers, or trash washed up from other places. But that's what happens year after year. Now we have some numbers to put to it. The Centre analysed five years of data from a volunteer cleanup program. Here's the report.
Coastal Plant Guide 2010Coastal Plant Guide 2010 This plants catalogue for Lake Huron beaches was prepared to assist people in identifying native coastal plants, and the non-native invasive plants that have emerged on beaches in recent years. For selective downloading, this guide has been broken into seven .PDF files.
Occurrence Report: Plastic Pellets Washing up on Lake Huron Beaches (Oct.2010) Occurrence Report: Plastic Pellets Washing up on Lake Huron Beaches (Oct.2010) Millions of tiny plastic white pellets washed up on beaches between Forest and north of Kincardine north during the fall of 2010. Similar occurrences were recorded in the Kincardine area in 2007 and 2009. 9 pages (974kb)
Lake-Huron-Biodiversity-Strategy-2010 Lake Huron Biodiversity Strategy 2010 The SweetWater Sea - Strategies for Conserving Lake Huron Biodiversity. The Lake Huron Biodiversity Conservation Strategy is the product of a two-year planning process involving nearly 400 individuals from more than 100 agencies and organizations from around the Lake Huron basin. 9 pages (1.86MB)
Is The Coast Clear? - 2010Is The Coast Clear? - 2010 Our premier conference - "Is the Coast Clear?" - is a biennial event held on even years. This year's conference was attended by about 170 people, including First Nations people, landowners, politicians, agency staff, academics and students. More >>
LH3C: Position Statement regarding Offshore Wind Proposals on Lake Huron LH3C: Position Statement regarding Offshore Wind Proposals on Lake Huron 6 pages (301kb)
Oliphant: Coastal Stewardship Plan - June 2010 Oliphant: Coastal Stewardship Plan - June 2010 A number of rare species and several Species at Risk make Oliphant's coast their home. These plants and animals, and their habitats are affected. The disturbances caused by these impacts pose another threat: vulnerability to infestation from non-native, invasive species. 95 pages (2.02 MB)

Chantry Island

Chantry Island lighthouse

Clarks Creek


McGregor Coastal Wetlands

Sauble Dunes


Southampton Chantry Dunes

Southampton Chantry Dunes

Stony Island

BNPD Wind Turbines

Bruce Nuclear Power Development

Bruce Nuclear Power Development

Grand Bend Beach

Grand Bend Beach

Port Elgin Marina


Sauble Beach, Ontario

Southern Huron County

Beach crowd, Port Elgin


Chi Cheemaun

Endangered Piping Plovers foraging in the sand at Sauble Beach


Standing on the edge, south of Point Clark

Lake Freighter

Native Dune Plants -use pathways.

Sand Dunes are sensitive areas

Zebra Mussel Shells, Point Clark - Oct.,2005

Bayfield River mouth


Boardwalk in the dunes at Providence Bay

Endangered Piping Plover at Carter Bay, Manitoulin Island

Goderich Harbour

Grand Bend beach - 2010

Kincardine lighthouse

Oncoming storm over lake

Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island - looking south

Lake Huron coastline

Dunes looking out toward escarpment, Southern Georgian Bay


Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence, 2012 Award Winner

logo of the Coastal Centre: The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal ConservationThe Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation was founded in 1998 with the goals of protecting and restoring Lake Huron's coastal environment and promoting a healthy coastal ecosystem.

While many environmental advocacy groups address local issues within the region, the Coastal Centre is the only grassroots organization focused on protecting the coastal environment lake-wide.

We also recognize that our work has to include the economic and social dimensions of sustainability. We believe that our coastal communities cannot have a healthy economy unless they have a healthy environment.

ENGAGE / Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
Can you give some of your time, talents, resources to help care for our lake?

Short film asking 'what can you do to engage in coastal conservation?'

Contact the Coastal Centre if you think you can help make a difference.  Phone (226) 421-3029 or email


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Green Ribbon Champion program is beach stewardship program designed for Tiny Township residents. Learn More >>>

Front cover: Southern Georgian Bay, Shoreline Stewardship Guide - Dec. 2013
This Stewardship Guide is intended for all who have an interest and a passion for the beaches and bays, dunes and wetlands, bedrock and river mouths. It is focused on the area between Tobermory and Port Severn along southern Georgian Bay. >>> more



Coastal Stewardship since 1998

For more than a sixteen years, the Coastal Centre has been working to restore and protect Lake Huron’s coastal environment, believing that the sustainability of the region’s coastal communities relies on a healthy coastal ecosystem.

Our Priorities

The quality of our near-shore coastal waters and estuaries has become a point of great concern to the Lake Huron community in recent years.


The biological diversity of Lake Huron's coast is being compromised by over-development, fragmentation of forest areas, the spread of alien invasive species, and damage to sensitive coastal environments.

Climate change has far reaching implications for the Lake Huron environment. All of us who work, rest or play along the Lake Huron coast will be affected.


Coastal processes like water level fluctuations, flooding, erosion, coastal wetland processes, and beach and dune systems, are vital to the ecology of Lake Huron.

Closer to Home

We help local groups with environmental issues in their own communities. By helping people link with groups along other parts of the lake, the Centre serves as a vital bridge between local issues and the larger bio-region:

  • All our programs are rooted in a firm commitment to open dialogue and respectful listening, building effective partnerships, and making stewardship and sustainability real in our daily lives.

  • We seek agreement on a positive vision and collaboration; where that isn't possible, we maintain respectful relationships from which these can emerge in the future.

  • All of our work is about caring for our coastal environment in practical ways that can improve the health of the lake, its coastlands and its people. We take the big issues that affect our region and bring them to life at the local grassroots level.

The Coastal Centre is a registered not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the conservation of Lake Huron's natural shoreline environment. The Coastal Centre functions as the local coastal management resource team for lakeshore communities, partnering conservation authorities, government agencies and the public.

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The Coastal Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation in awarding a $140,000 grant over three years (2012-2014) to expand the Centre's Education and Stewardship Outreach programs along Lake Huron.



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