10 Mile Creek Update
The ADFSF was successful in receiving a Toronto Dominion Bank Friends of the environment grant in the amount of $7,500.00 toward the restoration and rehabilitation of Ten Mile creek just upstream of Goose Lake. We thank the TD Bank Friends and look forward to an ongoing partnership with them and hopefully many other projects in the future.
As set out in the grant application, our Foundation will be rehabilitating the banks of the creek that were washed away during the spring floods a couple of years ago. The grant was based on our contribution of in-kind donations of material, equipment and labour. The extent of the project will be to stabilize the banks with both hard and soft materials and employing what is referred to as "green rip rap". The details of the project are being engineered now. Once they are available, we will be submitting an application for a "work permit" because the project area is on Crown Land and under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests (MNRF). MNRF will be a partner is this project and assist with supervision, education, promotion and selecting appropriate materials to restore the habitat.
Education and promotion are a large part of the project as well. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the damage that nature can cause herself and how we can help remedy the damage and enhance the natural environment specifically as it includes in our mandate, fish and fish habitat. Visit our website for further details including dates and times and how you can participate.
MNR Work Permit PS2017-0101-AP001
Over the past seven or eight years this has been one of our signature projects. George Lupton, an avid angler and former Township road superintendent alerted us to the crash of a large logging truck through the 10 mile Creek bridge. The two large galvanized steel coverts and their supporting concrete were a tangled mess. This abstraction inhibited fish traveling up the stream to spawn.
The 10 mile Creek partnership between the township, stakeholders and ourselves started in 2012. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, after much comes consultation resulted in our obtaining some financial support from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. Marie Poirier negotiated a comprehensive drawing of a proposed solution from Duke engineering in Huntsville. This was submitted to MNR in July 2015. Approvals and a permit were issued this August. Our lead contractor B.O.R. Aggregate company promptly did the work on August 28. They cleaned up the concrete and debris and landscaped per the approved drawing and the onsite meetings we had with Steve Scholten MNR’s Management Biologist.
Native Willow and Alder shrubs were obtained, on the shared cost basis from Dwight Garden Centre. Fourteen of them were planted by a volunteer crew on Thanksgiving weekend. This vegetation complies with the approved MNR/Duke Engineering drawing. A look at the accompanying photograph shows the site now being returned to a much improved fish stream habitat suitable for this falls spawning season. In the springtime, a suitable sign will be erected by the Township and ourselves to advise “ This is a protected fish habitat stream.”