Project Profiles

Bank Stabilizations

Brush Layer Bank Stabilization – Black River:  Eroding banks cause inputs of sediment to the river; excessive sediment damages critical fish habitat and negatively impacts water quality.  The loss of vegetation on the shore reduces shade and can cause an increase in water temperature.  Stabilization of banks and establishment of bank vegetation improves the health of the watercourse.  Click here to learn more.

Live Cribwall Bank Stabilization – Cavan Creek:  When banks erode, the sediment is washed into the creek where it can damage critical fish habitat and alter water quality.  A live cribwall was installed on a stretch of Cavan Creek to prevent further erosion and stabilize the bank.  Click here to learn more.

Farm Stewardship: Livestock Exclusion Fencing, Alternate Watering, and Stream Crossings

Fencing and Stream Buffer Planting – Otonabee River:  Cattle exclusion fencing was installed around an offline pond and along a tributary of the Otonabee River to reduce trampling of the banks and streambed.  The riparian buffer planting and exclusion of cattle from the pond and creek, will help stabilize the banks and reduce nutrient inputs, improving the integrity of the water features.  Click here to learn more.

Bed-level Stream Crossing – Trent River:  A bed-level crossing was constructed to allow livestock to cross a tributary of the Trent River without causing further erosion and bank instability.  Native trees and shrubs were also planted along the length of the stream to establish riparian vegetation.  Click here to learn more.

Bed-level Stream Crossing – Duffins Creek:  A bed-level stream crossing was constructed on a tributary of Duffins Creek to allow livestock and farm equipment to cross the creek while minimizing the impact to the health of the stream.  Click here to learn more.

 

Mid-level Culvert Crossing – Trent River:  Cattle have crossed this tributary of the Trent River, causing bank erosion and impacting water quality.  The mid-level crossing, along with exclusion fencing, provides a crossing that keeps cattle and farm machinery out of the stream, helping to improve the overall health of the waterway.  Click here to learn more.

Habitat Enhancements

Wildlife Pond Habitat Improvement – Stoney Creek:  An existing pond had filled in over time.  The area was re-excavated and native shrubs were planted around the edge of the new pond to establish riparian vegetation.  This project helps improve connectivity between existing habitat features.  Click here to learn more.

In-stream Habitat Improvement – Mayhew Creek:  A landowner contacted us about a dredged channel on his property.  The straight-cut channel provides little habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms.  Cedar bundles were installed in the stream to create habitat and a more naturally meandering channel.  Working with the Community Stream Steward Program, the landowner is committed to improving the in-stream habitat of Mayhew Creek.  Click here to learn more.

Turtle Nesting Habitat – Union Creek:  Seven of Ontario’s eight turtle species are listed as Species at Risk.  Road mortality is one of the leading threats to turtle populations; the creation of a nesting habitat provides turtles with a safe nesting location.  Riparian planting along Union Creek enhances the habitat for other wildlife and increases connectivity of the natural corridor.  Click here to learn more.