Geoff Peach, Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, an Ontario based environmental charity, formed in 1998 to help fill a void in Great Lakes stewardship in Ontario. At that time, Lake Huron was being characterized as “the Forgotten Lake” by Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality, because of the lack of attention by all levels of government to Lake Huron relative to the other lakes. As a new lake organization, we sought out like-minded partners on both sides of the lake
At the top of our list was the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund (now Freshwater Future). GLAHNF helped to fund one of our early projects: a ‘Stewardship Guide for the Management of Beaches and Dunes in the municipality of Saugeen Shores.’ This was a sentinel piece of work, as it not only laid the groundwork for advancing best practices in beach management in that locality, but became the first of many guides and plans for municipalities up and down the coast to be produced by the Coastal Centre.
As a testament to our strong relationship with Freshwater Future since its inception, this year, Freshwater Future, and particularly Jill Ryan, is assisting the Coastal Centre in revisiting its Strategic Plan to refocus our work into the future. Once again, Freshwater Future and Jill are helping to advance our specialized brand of work in the Great Lakes.