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About Source Water Protection


You can learn more about Source Water Protection by downloading the following Fact Sheets from ourwatershed.ca

  • Know Your Drinking Water 
  • Understanding the Source Protection Planning Process
  • Program Overview
  • About Assessment Reports
  • What are Threats
  • Calculating Threats
  • Water Budgets
  • Guide for Municipal Councils 

For more information visit our Source Water Protection page.

Foam on the Waters of Severn Sound

Foam on the open waters of Severn Sound or in local streams is caused by natural phenomena unless it has a perfume smell typical of many synthetic soaps and detergents.

For more information visit our Moss Animals page.

Foam On The Water

Are Mayflies "Bugging" Your Waterfront?


The invasion of the burrowing mayflies – the long-tailed insects plaguing the waterfront homes and businesses of Severn Sound – is a sure sign of summer.

For more information visit our Mayflies page.

Weird Water Critters - Water Brains

If you have been snorkelling around your shoreline, you may have noticed a strange mass attached to dock structures or fallen tree branches. That mass is actually a colony of moss animals

For more information visit our Foam On The Water page.

Bryozoa Statoblast

Swimmer's Itch

Itchy skin?
Been wading or swimming at the beach?
You may be suffering from swimmer’s itch, a basically harmless but irritating allergic reaction caused by tiny aquatic worms who have mistaken you for a duck.

For more information visit our Swimmer’s Itch page.

Floating Pollen in Severn Sound

Every year, during May and June, the SSEA office receives inquiries about a yellow scum, floating in sheltered areas of Severn Sound and near by lakes.

For more information visit our Floating Pollen page.


All About Algae

Blue green algae bloom along shoreline

While algae are an important part of lake ecosystems, excessive growth can indicate a problem and blue green algae blooms can be a public health risk.

For more information visit our All About Algae page.

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