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Wabagishik Rapids

Wabagishik Rapids

Lower Vermilion Source Water Quality Study

In March of 2013, Vermilion River Stewardship (VRS) officially announced receiving a $103,200 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant to undertake the Lower Vermilion Source Water Quality Monitoring Project.   VRS’s objectives are to characterize the lower Vermilion River to identify all the negative inputs affecting water quality and quantity, and to ultimately recommend a course of action to protect and restore water quality on the Vermilion River.  This study will also provide a good base-line study to address any future damage that might be caused from several development projects vying for it’s waters.

The study will be carried out by approximately 21 Stewardship volunteers, with the help of our Conservation Sudbury partners.  As an add-on to this project, VRS has also partnered with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to analyze up to 280 phytoplankton samples.  This collaboration will result in a Master’s student thesis, and a valuable addition to our final analysis and report.   In addition, VRS has partnered with Queen’s University to do sediment core sampling on Wabagishik Lake and Simon Lake, on the Vermilion River system.   This partnership will result in 2 4th year theses.  Consequently, this Project has blossomed into a much more comprehensive and inclusive study than we could ever have imagined possible.

VRS has already completed our first year of sampling in 2013, and we will commence our 2014 sampling in mid-May.  The sampling area covers the upper reaches of the Vermilion River, near Capreol, just above its confluence with the Roberts River, all the way out to the Spanish River.  Over the 2 year study period, VRS will take a total of  336 samples at 28 sites.

Upon completion of this study, Vermilion River Stewardship will present a report of our findings, along with recommendations, to the:

  • OTF
  • Public, Stakeholders and First Nations
  • Government
  • Greater City of Sudbury
  • Industry

VRS is very grateful to the OTF for providing this opportunity to undertake this important study.

[gview file=”http://vermilionriverstewards.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/2016-03-31-VRS-LVSWQMPFinalReport-1-2.pdf”] [gview file=”http://vermilionriverstewards.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/FinalReport_31_March_2017.pdf”] [gview file=”http://vermilionriverstewards.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Spatial-determinants-of-deteriorating-water-quality-in-the-Vermilion.pdf”]

THANK YOU ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION, KGHM INTERNATIONAL & CONSERVATION SUDBURY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

The Lower Vermilion Source Water Quality Program is a 3 year study to characterize the lower Vermilion River to identify all negative inputs and outputs affecting water quality, and to ultimately recommend a course of action to protect and restore water quality on the Vermilion River system.