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Courtcliffe Park Creek Restoration Project

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Courtcliffe Park Pavilion

159 Carlisle Road

Caslisle

Hamilton, ON

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Courtcliffe Park Creek Restoration Project

A partnership project by Conservation Halton, Trout Unlimited Canada & the City of Hamilton

Saturday, September 23 9:00 – 10:30 + Optional 10:30 – 12:00

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Beth Anne Fischer (Project Manager, Watershed Restoration Technician, Conservation Halton)

The Courtcliffe Park Creek Restoration Project was initiated in 2013 to restore 1 km of coldwater creek habitat in the headwaters of the Bronte Creek watershed. The project site is located in Courtcliffe Park, a City of Hamilton owned multi-use community green space and park. Upper Main Bronte Creek and Mountsberg Creek both flow through the park lands. The previous landowner dug out sections of the creek, installed online ponds, undersized creek crossings and diverted flows into dug straightened by-pass channels. The channel form on this site has been heavily altered. As a result water quality, sediment transport, channel form and habitat has degraded. Brook Trout (an indicator species of coldwater creek ecosystem health) has disappeared from this site and a cool-warm water fish community is now present.

This multi-phase creek restoration project aims to restore the channel form and functions, water quality and a coldwater fish community. Three phases of large-scale creek restoration have been implemented by contractors. These works include: installation of natural channel design, creek crossing replacement, channel re-alignment and online pond modification to floodplain wetlands. These works were completed in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Community volunteer work days have been on-going and are utilized to help narrow the creek to a healthy width-to-depth ratio and improve riparian vegetation. Community workdays include planting trees and shrubs, harvesting and installing livestakes, installing sediment mats and deflectors.

Community engagement and education has been a significant component of this restoration project. “Bronte Creek Family Fun Day” is co-presented with partner organizations annually and yields ~250 people in attendance. Families cycle through nine interactive activity stations where they learn about aquatic ecosystem ecology, build their connection to the creek and get involved in the rehabilitation via tree planting. Join us for a community volunteer workday after the tour to install sediment mats and deflectors!

For more information on the project visit: www.conservationhalton.ca/courtcliffe-park-restoration.


Meeting Location: Courtcliffe Park Pavilion, 159 Carlisle Road, Carlisle, Hamilton, ON

Capacity: 30 people

Registration: http://sero.eventbrite.com

Optional: After field trip hands-on workday, to contribute to the goals of the Courtcliffe Park Creek Restoration Project. In-stream workday to install sediment mats.

Time: 10:30am – 12pm

Goals: Improve creek width to depth ratio. Improve channel form and functions.

Restoration Techniques: Sediment mats will be installed against the existing creek banks in areas that are over-widened. Biodegradable plant materials (Christmas trees and branches) will be anchored in place to form a network of branches that will collect fine sediment. As sediment deposits and accumulates on the branches, plants will begin to grow on the sediment mats and a new creek bank will establish.

*No previous experience required.

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