Agricultural nutrient run-off
Rich farmlands surround the LPWF where farmers grow food for their communities and beyond. Unfortunately, agricultural runoff on the rural landscape can contribute to the decline in watershed health. Excessive nutrients carried in runoff can lead to low oxygen levels in coastal wetlands and Lake Erie which are harmful to aquatic life.
The Ag Runoff working group’s overriding goal is to mitigate the runoff of excess nutrients into Lake Erie, ultimately leading to cleaner water. Projects such as wetlands and vegetated buffers work to absorb and sequester nutrients, without compromising productive areas of farmland. Collaborative partners within the Ag Runoff group include ALUS Norfolk, The Long Point Region Conservation Authority, Norfolk County Drainage Services, Carolinian Canada, and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.