Water Levels & Shoreline


Friends of Sauble Beach and the Friends of Oliphant C.E. jointly hosted a seminar on June 8, 2013 at Sauble Beach. The seminar entitled "Water Levels & Shorelines" drew 150 attendees from as far away as Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener and Guelph. Locally, there was strong interest from communities within a 50 kilometer radius  of Sauble Beach.


There were a number of booths set up around the hall to promote topics such as the Blue Flag Program, invasive plants and the protection of endangered species in addition to three guest speakers. 


Chuck Southam: a Water Resources Engineer with the Boundary Water Issues Unit of Environment Canada.  He has worked with Environment Canada for 31 years at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario providing engineering support for International Great Lakes basin water resource activities and studies, and promoting public awareness. His presentation focused on understanding water levels and outflow conditions in the Great Lakes.

Craig Todd: Ministry of Natural Resources Partnership Specialist for the Counties of Grey and Bruce. After graduating from the Lakehead Forestry Program and the Fish and Wildlife Program at Sir Sandford Fleming, his roles have taken him to numerous destinations throughout the province. His presentation focused on shorelines, addressing accretion issues, (shoreline ownership) and Ministry of Natural Resources management priorities.


Keith Brownlee: private consultant is a graduate of the Environmental Technology Program at Georgian College in Orillia. Following graduation he became associated with The Lake Huron Coastal Conservation Centre, and is a member of the Friends of Sauble Beach. His presentation addressed the topic of dynamic beaches

The feedback was extremely favourable with attendees wanting future seminars.

To review their presentations, click on the images below the collage. Some of the presentations are large and may take some time to load, depending upon the speed of your computer, the browser you use, and the speed of your internet connection.



  Chuck Southam

 Craig Todd 
Keith Brownlee 

Friends of Sauble Beach thank all those who attended and helped to make our Spring Seminar on Beach Processes such a great success. It truly was an opportunity to learn why it is so important to preserve the relict sand and the diverse flora and fauna in the water, on the beach and in the dunes here at Sauble. 

Dr. Mary-Louise Byrne, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of 
Wilfred Laurier Universityupdated us on the project she and her students have been doing here at Sauble since 2003 using GPS mapping to study the beach system. She talked about the water levels which have been below the historic mean for over a decade and are likely to remain that way due to climate change. That means we have a wider beach and more sand to blow around. The sand is always on the move. Mary-Louise was able to talk about the measured affect of the sand fencing and the growth of the foredunes which helps to keep that sand from creating higher dunes or blowing across the road to be lost forever. 

Dr. Allan Crowe, a Research Scientist at 
Environment Canada's Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, spoke of the impact of E.Coli and the deterioriation of beaches on the Great Lakes, especially the role of groundwater, loss of sand, water quality and invasive vegetation. He pointed out how raking and straightening out the waterways on the beach lowers the level of the sand toward the water table and leads to wet beaches and invasive vegetation. 

Geoff Peach, Coastal Resources Manager at the 
Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, wrote the Beach Management Plans for the Town and Friends working together. Geoff summarized the Seminar and talked about the positive impact of the work done by the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, Friends of Sauble Beach and all the other partners over the last eleven years. 

John Cottrill, the Chief Administrative Officer for the 
Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, talked about the role and functon of the Authority as it relates to conserving the Huron Shoreline. 

To review their presentations, click on their names below. Some of the presentations are large and will take some time to load, depending upon the speed of your computer, the browser you use, and the speed of your internet connection