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Chelsey Ellis
City Stream Watch Co-ordinator
613-692-3571 ext. 1180
citystreamwatch@rvca.ca
 

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City Stream Watch 2013 Summary Report
Hunt Club Creek 2013 Summary Report
Ramsay Creek 2013 Summary Report
Voyageur Creek 2013 Summary Report
Borthwick Creek 2013 Summary Report
Cranberry Cree2013 Summary Report

 


 


 

 

Thank you very much to our sponsors over the past years!

  • Natural Resources Canada, Science and Technology internship
  • Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund
    RBC Blue Water Project
  • Monterey Inn Resort and Conference Centre
  • Ottawa Riverkeeper
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Canada Lands Company
  • Evergreen
  • City of Ottawa—Parks Dept.
  • Farm Boy
  • TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
  • Pinecrest Golf Course
  • Rona (Innes Road)
  • Home Depot (South Keys)
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Trinity Development Foundation
  • Bushtukah Great Outdoor Gear
  • Shell Environmental Fund
 

In 2014 the City Stream Watch Program plans to sample Black Rapids Creek, Cardinal Creek, Mud Creek and Sawmill Creek. The 2014 sampling season will focus on stream assessment, fish community sampling and will also include cleanup, planting, sampling/identification sessions and invasive species removal. Check the website often in 2014 for more updates on the program and how to get involved or contact the Program Coordinator at citystreamwatch@rvca.ca.

   
 

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, in partnership with seven other agencies in Ottawa (City of Ottawa, Heron Park Community Association, Ottawa Flyfishers Society, Rideau Roundtable, National Defense HQ – Fish and Game Club, Ottawa Stewardship Council and the National Captial Commission) form the City Stream Watch collaborative in 2014.

The goal of the program is to obtain, record, and manage valuable information on the physical and biological characteristics of creeks and streams in the City of Ottawa, while ensuring that they are respected and valued natural features of the communities through which they flow. To this end, the program relies on and encourages the interest and commitment of volunteers from the community, guided by an experienced coordinator, to learn and conduct macro stream assessments on local waterways, participate in sampling fish communities through seining, and assist in stream clean-ups and stream rehabilitation projects.

The City Stream Watch program uses stream characterization protocols originally developed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Officials at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, to facilitate its use by community volunteers, have since altered the protocol. Development of the protocol was essential, as volunteer groups consist of people with a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences.  

CSW programIn 2012, City Stream Watch celebrated its 10th anniversary of environmental monitoring, stewardship and community collaboration in the Rideau Valley. Dignitaries, specieal guests and staff gathered at the Rideau Valley Conservation Center on December 13, 2012 to celebrate this important milestone for the program. "The program is unique as it collects field information through hardworking and dedicated volunteers," said collaborative member and RVCA Project Manager, Jennifer Lamoureux. "We are very grateful to our many program sponsors, but most of all to the 1,300 volunteers who have invested over 9,000 hours into the program. It is an impressive commuity investment into the health of our local streams and creeks."

     
     
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From 2003 to 2013 the City Stream watch program has grown and expanded its studies to sample more urban streams and offer volunteers the chance to work on many different projects. From its inception in 2003, volunteer numbers have grown each year. In 2013, 329 community volunteers worked a total of 1,167 hours on a number of different projects on city streams!

The Stream Watch program is constantly evolving and implementing new projects for volunteers to get involved with. Below is a list of some of the projects volunteers have participated in over the past eight years

  • City Stream Watch training workshops to train volunteers on sampling methods
  • Fish sampling and identification sessions through seine netting, electrofishing, fyke nets and windemere traps
  • Riparian tree planting on failed banks and eroded sections of stream
  • Benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification sessions
  • Macro stream assessments on various streams throughout the City of Ottawa (ongoing from May – October)
  • CSW Stream cleanups to rid streams of non-natural garbage and debris
  • Temperature profiling of city streams
  • Ultimate Aquatic Workshop: benthic i.d. and flyfishing demonstrations with the Ottawa Flyfishers Society and RVCA staff
  • Invasive species removal
  • Bioengineering project to mitigate erosion and enhance riparian habitat

The City Stream Watch program also extends its efforts to get high schools, scout troops and other community groups educated and involved in environmental monitoring.

     
     
    For more information on projects or how to become a volunteer please contact:

Chelsey Ellis
City Stream Watch Co-ordinator
613-692-3571 ext. 1180
citystreamwatch@rvca.ca
     
     
   

Reports

City Stream Watch 2012 Summary Report
Ottawa East Tributary 2012 Summary Report
Black Creek 2012 Summary Report
Mud Creek (GCk) 2012 Summary Report
Nepean Creek 2012 Summary Report
Taylor Creek 2012 Summary Report
• City Stream Watch Summary Report 2011
Becketts Creek 2011 Summary Report
Pinecrest Creek 2011 Summary Report
Stevens Creek 2011 Summary Report
City Stream Watch 2010 Annual Report
2010 Bioengineering Project, Graham Creek
City Stream Watch 2009 Annual Report
City Stream Watch Annual Report 2008
Sawmill Creek City Stream Watch Report, 2008
City Stream Watch 2007 Annual Report
2006 City Stream Watch Annual Report (10 MB pdf)
• 2005 City Stream Watch Annual Report
• 2004 City Stream Watch Report (3.6 MB pdf)
• 2003 City Stream Watch Annual Report (2.52 MB pdf)


Archived News
TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Ottawa — Call for volunteers for Saturday, September 19
TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Ottawa — Call for Volunteers for Monday, September 22
The Ultimate Aquatic Workshop: RIver Bugs and Fly Fishing, opportunity for volunteers
Sawmill Creek Clean Up Phase 2 — Call for volunteers for Saturday, September 6th
Check YourWatershed Day, July 19…read more.
Fish Sampling/ID Session! Call for Volunteers…read more.
Presentation: Riparian Tree Planting 2008
City Stream Watch 2007 Annual Report (please right click to download the report)
City Stream Watch and Boy Scouts Team Up to Clean Up Local Creeks
• Another Successful Cleanup on Sawmill Creek

Riparian Planting
• Initiative - UPDATE
(3.5 MB PowerPoint Presentation)


Past City Streamwatch Events

City Stream Watch Newsletter for Volunteers Spring 2012
Press Release — May 3, 2012 Volunteer "Scientists" Wanted for City Stream Watch Program — No Experience Required!
City Stream Watch Riparian Planting 2009
Hightlights from the 2009 City Stream Watch Field Season

Volunteer City Stream Watch Training Days — May 10 & 24, 2008
Community Shoreline Tree Plant on Sawmill Creek — May 4, 2008
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Samill Creek a Huge Success!
Ocean Day Cleanup on Pinecrest Creek a Huge Success!!
Riparian Tree Planting (PowerPoint Slide Show 3.74 mb)
• Greens Creek Cleanup PowerPoint Slide show, download it here
(3 mb)