(left to right): Mary Ellen Foran, Committee Chair Matt Pearson, and Bert Dykstra. Foran and Dykstra are new members of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee. (Bob Montgomery photo)

New Members For Drinking Water Source Protection Committee

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee has announced two new members.

Mary Ellen Foran of the Auburn area, and Bert Dykstra of the Clinton area have filled the two vacant seats from the Economic – Agriculture sector on the committee.

Foran was born and raised in West Wawanosh Township and is now a partner in a mixed farming operation there.  On the farm, she adopts practices and projects that improve the land and add protection to water.

She is an instructor for Integrated Pest Management for Corn and Soybeans, University of Guelph Ridgetown College, and an online literacy practitioner with the Avon Maitland District School Board.

Prior to her current education roles, she completed contract work with the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

Bert Dykstra runs a cash crop and broiler chicken operation. He has farmed in the Clinton area his entire working life. The Municipality of Central Huron resident served as a municipal councillor for almost two decades. He served as a warden of Huron County (2010) and as a chairman of the Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee for three years.

He says he’s looking forward to serving on the committee as someone with years of experience in agriculture, and as a champion of practical and workable approaches to preserve water quality and protect local water resources.