Watershed Issues: A Summary

Some Issues in the Bayfield River Watershed

  • Tree coverage is low in the watershed
  • Loss of riparian vegetation (buffer strip) along water courses
  • Development in wetlands
  • Loss of wetlands
  • Development in Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI)
  • Four municipal sewage treatment plants release flow into the river increasing phosphate, nitrate and bacteria load
  • Agricultural runoff
  • Low lake levels (Climate change)
  • Species at risk
  • Cosmetic pesticide use contaminates aquifers
  • Improper use and care of septic systems contaminates water courses and aquifers.
  • Limited financial support for landowners to make required changes to enhance the environment
  • Effective legislation to protect the environment