funding available for projects that keep drinking water safe
Shown just after putting up a ‘We are helping to protect drinking water’ sign are Donna Clarkson, Source Protection Technician with the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Region, and Seaforth landowner Bill Scott. (Submitted photo)
More owners of business, farm, and residential properties situated closest to municipal wells can receive grants for their projects that protect drinking water sources, thanks to new funding announced for the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield areas.
The Province of Ontario has announced Early Response, the second phase of the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program (ODWSP). Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), in partnership with Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), will receive $315,400 to help fund eligible projects that address specific local drinking water threats in the region. The new provincial funding will help reduce the potential for drinking water contamination through financial incentives to landowners for voluntary projects. Eligible projects may include upgrades to private wells and septic systems, decommissioning of wells or septics, fuel storage, containment and storage of harmful chemicals (dense non-aqueous phase liquids), manure storage, runoff and erosion control projects, and other best management practices.
Seaforth’s Bill Scott is one of those landowners who have taken the initiative to protect water through the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program. One of his projects was to upgrade his family’s well to reduce the chance a contaminant might enter the well. His other project was to decommission a shallow well on his property. Properly capping an unused well can eliminate a pathway for a contaminant to reach the groundwater source.
“Decommissioning the shallow well on my property helps protect my own family’s drinking water source and it also helps protect the municipal wells which are the Seaforth community’s drinking water source,” he said.
The Province of Ontario has committed $28 million over four years through ODWSP to help owners of industrial, commercial, agricultural and residential properties to protect municipal drinking water. The local conservation authorities have been delivering the grant program, in partnership with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), since 2007. Landowners near municipal wells in this region have received close to $600,000 since that time to assist their stewardship projects that protect their community’s drinking water.
“Conservation Ontario and local conservation authorities are extremely pleased to continue this important partnership with property owners and with the Ontario Ministry of Environment,” said Kate Monk, ABCA Supervisor of Stewardship and Conservation Lands.
The Ontario Minister of the Environment, Hon. John Wilkinson, said “Safe, clean drinking water is vital to our well-being and good for Ontario’s economy. That is why we are helping Ontarians take measures to protect the sources of drinking water for our children and grandchildren.”
Hon. Carol Mitchell, MPP Huron-Bruce, also commented on the project, “The work that is being done here in the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Region will help our community protect drinking water sources for years to come.”
The new funds for eligible landowners are in addition to existing Early Actions provincial funding for early actions by property owners within 100 metres of a municipal well, or in the two-year time-of-travel capture area of that well, or within one kilometre of the surface water intake in Goderich. Eligible projects through Early Actions include confidential, fully-funded pollution prevention reviews for industrial and commercial properties and other projects, in addition to some of the projects already mentioned.
The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee, through proposed assessment reports, identified drinking water threats. Drinking water source protection is a Province of Ontario initiative to protect drinking water. It helps protect water from contamination at the source, through financial incentives to eligible landowners through the ODWSP and through source protection plans to be developed by 2012 by the source protection committee for this region. These efforts are through the Clean Water Act, 2006. They implement key recommendations of the O’Connor Inquiry. Source protection combined with testing, training, treatment, monitoring, and distribution, reduce risk to your drinking water by providing multiple barriers of protection.
More information on ODWSP eligibility and grant rates is available locally at sourceprotectionstewardship.on.ca and sourcewaterinfo.on.ca or by phoning 519-335-3557 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Lenten Season a busy time at Trinity Church
The members of Trinity Anglican Church will celebrate the arrival of the Lenten Season with their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 8.
The meal will be served in the church’s parish hall from 5-7 p.m.
Admission will be taken at the door. The cost will be: adults $6; children under 12, $3; and preschoolers free. There is a special $15 fee for families.
Anyone wishing to enjoy their pancakes and sausage in the privacy of their own home can call 519 565-2790 to order take-out on the evening of the event.
It is also a Lenten tradition at Trinity Anglican Church to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
“Soup and a Bun and a Movie Night” will be held over five weeks starting on March 14 from 6-9 p.m. A free will offering is asked to cover the cost of soup and buns and all in the community are welcome.
The schedule of movies is as follows: Mutiny on the Bounty, March 14; Secretariat, March 21; The Blind Side, March 28; Joyeux Noel, Apr. 4; and Finding Neverland, Apr. 11.
Snowshoeing event raises money for trail association
Tyler Hessel, of Outside Projects, recently presented a cheque to Barry Detenbeck, of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, in the amount of $100. The money was raised during a Family Day Weekend snowshoeing event. (Submitted photo)
Tyler Hessel, owner of Outside Projects, recently presented a cheque for $100 to Barry Detenbeck of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. The money was raised during an introductory snowshoe hike organized by the Main Street business on the afternoon of Feb. 20th as part of Family Day weekend celebrations.
Approximately 30 people interested in trying out snowshoes took part in the hike that took place on the Woodland Trail. The hike was originally scheduled for the Sawmill Trail, however, mild weather earlier in the week caused the ice to break up on the Bayfield River making snowshoeing difficult along that trail, a portion of which parallels the river.
BRVTA executive would like everyone to know that if they still have the desire to snowshoe Mavis Trail in Varna is probably best suited to the activity at this time of year as long as the weather permits.
People are invited to support the trails financially by joining the BRVTA. Yearly memberships are $20 per individual and $25 per family. These memberships will be available at the event. Or cheques for memberships can be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and mailed to P.O. Box 531 Bayfield, ON. N0M 1G0. Memberships are also available from Outdoor Projects.
The Bayfield Optimist Club will be holding its annual Chili Cook-off on March 13, at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The event will run from 2-4 p.m. Both individuals and local restaurants are encouraged to enter their chili for a chance to win the coveted People’s Choice Award. Entries will be accepted in crock-pots from 1-1:30 p.m.
Public skating will be offered from 1-3 p.m.
Upstairs from 2-4 p.m. the Optimists will host a Family Fun Day providing hot dogs and ice-cream sundaes as well as face painting, children’s crafts and the unpredictable antics of a couple of clowns.
This is just one of the fun events organized by the Optimists of Bayfield throughout the year to show their thanks to the community for their ongoing support.
lost is found
Bill Aberhart Jr. emailed the Bayfield Breeze this week to say he found a piece of jewelry on Main Street recently and wants to return it to the rightful owner. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the members of the Bayfield Diners’ Club for their weekly Thursday lunches – the new season is set to begin on March 3.
The meals are served at noon at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.
Participants should call Betty Brodhagan at 519 565-4123 on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon.
The Bayfield Diners’ Club is also looking to add to their roster of volunteers to assist in the kitchen each Thursday – anyone interested in helping out should contact Brodhagen at the number listed above.
The musical entertainment scene in the village is kicking into high gear this spring with some well-known performers coming to play The Bayfield Town Hall.
Hannah Georgas will get things rolling on March 11 along with special guest Ashley Anderson. The doors to the hall will open at 8 p.m. with the concert starting at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale now for $25. For tickets visit http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/3369/
Colin James will headline at the hall on March 17 as part of his Up Close and personal: An Acoustic Tour with Special Guest Chris Caddell. Not surprisingly this concert has already sold out!
On April 9, John K. Samson of the Weakerthans with special guest Andy McGuire will play the hall. Tickets are available now for $35. Hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. For tickets visit
The Bayfield Film Society is taking a break for the month of February but will be starting a brand new film series on March 10 with the film, "Get Low".
This film will be followed by the documentary "Force of Nature", April 14; and movies, "The Trotsky", May 12; and “Incendies”, June 16.
For just $35 you can purchase a series of tickets for all four films. Series tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.
The Bayfield Film Society wants to continue to bring the latest and greatest films to Bayfield, and with your series purchase this goal can be achieved. The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.
Folks can keep the winter doldrums at bay by staying active, opportunities abound to do just that here in the village.
Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes are now being held in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.
A new ten-week session of Zumba began last Thursday (Feb. 24) at the Bayfield Community Centre from 7-8 p.m. The cost to attend is $90 for a ten-week pass card or there is an $11 drop-in fee. Ten-week pass cards are also honored at the Seaforth Zumba classes held every Monday evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Seaforth Community Centre. The Seaforth classes run the same weeks as the Bayfield Zumba classes. Licensed Zumba instructors, Alison De Groot and Lorraine Dietz teach the classes. For more information email De Groot at email@example.com
The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.
Indoor Walking sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided for those who require them.
Dancefit and Toning classes continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The Sit and Get Fit Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays at 10 a.m., April Hulley will teach a Stretching Class, participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. These three classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. on Mondays.
Badminton is also being played at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Looking for a fun way to spend an evening? Then why not join the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club for their next meeting on March 2? The group meets at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building and hands will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.