Pine River Watershed Initiative Network Spring 2020 Newletter

Pine River Watershed Initiative Network Spring 2020 Newletter

Berms Built in Huron Kinloss Will Reduce Sediment

Two new water and sediment control basins also know as "berms" were built to control runoff on 80 acres of farmland in Huron Kinloss. Our contractor D&I Wattam Inc and landowner installed the berms this spring. The "berms" structure reduces water and sediment run-off into local watercourses and reduces erosion. The berm will allow any sediment to settle out, allow for infiltration through the soils and filtration once the seed and plants are established. These berms were made possible by COA funding, a grant from Environment Canada. 

Photos courtesy of Don Farrell, PRWIN Project Co-ordinator

Landowners allow us to help them manage in ground projects by working with us to secure funding and co-ordinate contractors to create berms and livestock crossings on their property. It is a great opportunity!

If you or another landowner could benefit from an in ground project, give us a call! We can meet up and discuss. 519-395-5538

PRWIN 2019 Project Highlights:
  •       2 Livestock Crossing
  •       3 BERMS
  •       Reforestation on retired farm land
  •       3 Riffle pools and a spawning bed
  •       Exclusion fencing and bank restoration
  •       Wetland enhancement
  •       4-H Volunteer tree planting
In the spring of 2019, we planted over 3,000 cedars and spruce seedlings to reforest a 2.5 acre of retired farm land during our annual 4-H Volunteer Tree Planting Day.

PRWIN ordered 17,000 tree seedlings in the spring of 2019 for area residents personal projects and used the remaining trees to complement restoration projects on landowners properties.

PRWIN directors assisted the Ripley 4-H Conservation Club with tree planting for the township in Point Clark.

PRWIN created and installed an osprey nest at the McLarty Centre. PRWIN directors constructed the nesting site near the areas wetlands.

Our 2019 Potted Tree Ash Replacement Program offered shoreline residents 27 potted trees.  



Due to the current COVID 19 circumstances, PRWIN decided to make the difficult decision to cancel our 4-H Tree Planting Day and all personal seedling orders with our 2020 Seedling Program. We want to do our part to continue with social and physical distancing and refrain from social gatherings and contact in our community.

In these uncertain times, it is best to postpone our program until 2021. We will keep all 2020 personal orders on file and will contact you later in the year to confirm that you would like to participate in our program for 2021. We are hoping to move forward with our own machine planting projects this year to plant over 6,000 seedlings.

We will keep you updated with the progress of our current machine planting projects in 2020.


Our 2020 Potted Tree Ash Replacement Program, will be supported by the Community Well Being Program. This program is provided by The Township of Huron Kinloss and NWMO.

Our Potted Tree Ash Replacement Program aims to reforest our local coastline from the damage that the Emerald Ash Borer has caused to ash trees. If you live along the Huron Kinloss shoreline, you may be eligible for a FREE native potted tree, if you have lost or are losing an ash tree due to the emerald ash borer. One potted native tree is offered per property. We will offer the program in the Fall of 2020.

Many thanks to The Township of Huron Kinloss and NWMO for their support of our 2020 tree program.



PRWIN is fortunate to have an opportunity to work with Fanshawe College to map our tree and in ground projects. This will allow PRWIN to update our current files and have them available on our website. PRWIN Directors Don Farrell and Murray Jamieson collected and documented information to support our projects. We are looking forward to sharing this with you.

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