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​Nottawasaga Watershed Improvement Program (N-WIP)

The goal of the Nottawasaga Watershed Improvement Program (N-WIP) is to improve the health of Georgian Bay by undertaking water quality improvement projects on local tributary streams in the towns of The Blue Mountains, Collingwood, and Wasaga Beach, and the townships of Clearview, Springwater and Essa (N-WIP Map.pdf).

N-WIP is a pilot project of the Lake Huron-Georgian Bay Watershed - Canadian Framework for Community Action. For a program overview, please visit www.lakehuroncommunityaction.ca. 

The following types of water quality improvement projects may be undertaken by the N-WIP committee: 

  • Buffer strip development/land retirement
  • Livestock exclusion fencing/water crossing/alternate water source
  • Erosion control/habitat improvement (e.g. fish habitat friendly retaining walls)
  • In-channel habitat improvement
  • Riparian reforestation
  • Clean water diversion
  • Restoration of natural channel features in municipal drains
  • Implementation of municipal drain management environmental BMPs
This presentation on the Mad & Noisy Rivers shows some examples of water quality improvement projects on the ground. Mad River Presentation March 2014.pdf

Locally, N-WIP is coordinated by the NVCA and includes the following local partners:
  • Blue Mountain Watershed Trust    
  • Collingwood Collegiate Institute
  • Elmvale District High School
  • Environment Canada
  • Georgian Triangle Anglers Association
  • Jean Vanier High School
  • North Simcoe Land Stewardship Network
  • Nottawasaga Steelheaders
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Simcoe County Christian Farmers Association 
  • Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture         
  • South Simcoe Streams Network 
  • Stayner Collegiate Institute
  • Town of Collingwood
  • Town of the Blue Mountains
  • Town of Wasaga Beach
  • Township of Clearview
  • Township of Essa
  • Township of Springwater
  • Township of Tiny
  • Wasaga Beach Fish and Game Club
  • Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
  • Wasaga Beach River Resources Committee
  • Wild Canada

Corporate sponsors of N-WIP include:
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For more information on the N-WIP Committee and projects, please contact Fred Dobbs, Manager of Stewardship Services, at (705) 424-1479, ext. 237 or fdobbs@nvca.on.ca.