Restoration of Creek help Improve Water Quality on Callander Bay

A creek on the north end of Callander’s Centennial Park is getting on overhaul that will help improve water quality and fish habitat by reducing erosion and controlling the flow of sand and sediment into Callander Bay.

“Approximately 100 metres of eroded shoreline on the creek between Park Street and Callander Bay will be restored,” said Troy Storms, Supervisor of Field Operations at the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority which is overseeing the project with funding from the Municipality of Callander and the Environmental Damages Fund.

The reduction of runoff and erosion and the enhanced shoreline plantings will also help prevent phosphorus from making its way Callander Bay.  Phosphorus is a contributing factor to the growth of blue-green algae and an issue identified in the Drinking Water Source Protection Plan for the Callander municipal drinking water.

“Working together with the Conservation Authority to help protect water quality in Callander Bay is an important initiative.  We’re learning more about how erosion and sediment can impact the water we use for drinking, swimming and fishing,” said Callander Mayor Hector Lavigne.

The project also includes shoals and ponds to be built in the streambed to re-establish the natural stream functions, minimize silt removal maintenance and improve habitat for the downstream walleye spawning area in Callander Bay.

The design includes vegetated buffers and berms to help control overland sand movement into the Creek that had been coming from snow removal activities in a parking lot adjacent to the Creek.

“Four existing trees will be removed to facilitate the construction, however 13 new trees and over 300 shrubs and 250 perennial plants will be planted at the site in May or June of 2017.  Wildflower seed mix will be applied at the end of construction and covered with straw erosion control blankets,” said Peggy Walsh Craig, NBMCA’s Stewardship Coordinator.

A lowering and widening of the downstream culvert will increase flow capacity, and an increase in the downstream slope of the Creek to help the water move faster, preventing silt build up that could impair the function of a sewer outfall within the creek.

The total project cost is slightly over $50,000.  The Municipality of Callander is providing $6,000 towards the cost of plants and planting in the spring with the balance funded by the Environmental Damages Fund which is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Contact:

Troy Storms, Supervisor Field Operations (705)  474-5420

Additional Media Contact:

Sue Buckle, Supervisor Communications and Outreach  (705) 474-5420 cell: (705) 497-4999