Pine River Watershed Initiative Network Summer 2020 Newsletter

Pine River Watershed Initiative Network Summer 2020 Newsletter

Annual Leaf Monitoring

Every year, a Huron Kinloss landowner partners with PRWIN to collect leaf samples to monitor the cycle and progression of growth of cash crops. This year’s crop was winter wheat and the sample collecting started in May. This picture was taken when the winter wheat was showing its growth of the shot blades. The samples of winter wheat are sent to A&L Laboratories in London ON to test and monitor nutrient intake and and soil health.

Berms Built In Huron Kinloss Will Reduce Sediment

The pictures on the top row show the construction phase of the berms. Pictures on the bottom row exhibits the berms three months after the project was completed. 

This spring, PRWIN installed two water and sediment control basins, also know as berms, to control runoff on 80 acres of farmland in Huron Kinloss. The "berm" structure reduces water and sediment run-off into local watercourses and reduces erosion. The berm will allow any sediment to settle out and allow for infiltration through the soil. These berms were made possible by COA funding, supported by Environment Canada.

Landowners allow us to help them manage in ground projects by working together 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! 519-395-5538


In the spring of 2020, we planted over 6,000 cedar and spruce seedlings to create windbreaks and to reforest several planting sites in Huron Kinloss. Due to the current pandemic, PRWIN directors were limited to engage with our volunteer support but were successful with sponsorship for our seedling project sites. Lynda Cain from OPG joined us to help assist with one of our planting sites. PRWIN was fortunate to receive donations from OPG, NWMO and Trillium Mutual Insurance to complete our 2020 in ground projects.


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.

To become a recipient of the program, please email or call the office to take part in our program by August 28th.

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


Due to the 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 wanted to do our part to continue with social and physical distancing.

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. 

This spring, our PRWIN directors updated and installed our project signs within the Township of Huron Kinloss.



We are gracious to accept Point Clark Beach Association and Bruce Beach Cottagers' Association donation to PRWIN.
Thank you for recognizing and supporting our community projects.
We are a not-for-profit charity, and always welcome assistance from any business, association, or member of our community.

Remembering Don Cass

This past week, long time director and volunteer with the PRWIN, Don Cass passed away. 

We wanted to take a moment to remember Don, and all he brought to our organization. He gave countless volunteer hours, and in part through his leadership and dedication our vision of “Clean water and a healthy ecosystem within the Pine River watershed“ became an obtainable goal.

Originally from Walkerville, he first became a part of the community through his family cottage on Bruce Beach, eventually retiring to a farmhouse near the sixth concession. He served as a director on the PRWIN for 15 years, bridging the communities of farm-owners and cottages to protect our shoreline and watershed  

Even after he retired from the board he would attend our board lunches and Christmas party, always keen to catch up and share a laugh with his old friends and colleagues.

On behalf of the board of directors, past and present, we wanted to extend our condolences to the Cass family. Don will be missed.

We encourage our vital community members to share our newsletter, website, and Facebook page. There is an opportunity for everyone to sign up for our newsletter. We have resources about our organization on our website and our social media page that will inform our community about our present and future projects.
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