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Canada approves Ausable River Action Plan

New action plan approved for Ausable River


Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff to help local communities take plan actions that protect nationally important fish, mussel species

Canada has approved a new action plan to protect important species in the Ausable River watershed. The Ausable River Action Plan was posted to Canada’s species at risk public registry on March 3, 2020 following public consultation. 

The new plan identifies areas of critical habitat, which are areas with features that are needed for endangered or threatened species to survive and thrive. The plan recommends best land management practices for urban, rural and agricultural areas; monitoring of species and habitat; and education and outreach. The plan also highlights erosion control and protection and enhancement of natural areas. 

Staff members of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will be working with communities and landowners to put the plan into action, with federal funding support.

“We’re already doing some great things with our communities and this will sustain the momentum of positive actions that are taking place in the watershed,” said Kari Jean, ABCA Aquatic Biologist. 

To prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, ABCA staff are postponing site visits but they are available by phone and email to work with participating landowners on planning and implementing potential projects. 

The Ausable River supports one of Canada’s most diverse communities of aquatic animals, including 26 species of freshwater mussels and 85 species of fish. Many species are endangered or threatened.

To find out more about the approved Action plan for the Ausable River in Canada: an ecosystem approach, visit this web page:

If you live in the Ausable River watershed, and you would like to find out about actions you can take to improve habitat for local aquatic species and funding grants that may be available as incentives to help you do stewardship projects, you may call Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 1-888-286-2610 or email

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