The Old Ausable Channel is 14 km in length and runs south from Grand Bend through Pinery Provincial Park to the Ausable River Cut at Port Franks. It was created as a result of a series of diversions that occurred on the main Ausable River. The Channel is fed only by precipitation, groundwater and small amounts of runoff. Thus, the Channel is slow flowing in the spring and has virtually no flow by July. The Old Ausable Channel habitat is shifting from a pond like ecosystem to a more terrestrial ecosystem.


Grand Bend Community Foundation Donation for Implementation of the OAC Management Plan in 2008

The photo shows Dave Bannister (left), Chair of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, and Pat Morden (right), Vice Chair, presenting the $15,000 grant to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF). Accepting the cheque at centre is Kari Jean, Aquatic Biologist with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) and Coordinator of the Old Ausable River Channel Watershed Long-Term Management Plan.
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Thank you to the funding partners for the OAC Management Project

Grand Bend Community Foundation
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation
Gov of Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP)
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

and also …
Numerous local groups and volunteers that have offered their in-kind time and services