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  • RVCA works with many volunteers throughout the year to help restore and enhance our watershed. We offer a range of volunteer opportunities that require varying experience levels and time commitments. There may be an interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunity at RVCA that's right for you!

    Check our Events Calendar (below) to see special, upcoming events for volunteers/participants or learn more about specific volunteer opportunities listed in the Get Involved! Volunteer menu (on right). 

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2022
May 2022
28May

City Stream Watch Orientation Day

Date:  Saturday 28 May 2022 -
Location: 
Time:  09:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Sawmill Creek at Riverside Drive where it flows into the Rideau River

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Closest Intersection: Bank St and Riverside Drive

Purpose: This event will provide training to individuals on how to survey habitat found in a stream. This training will help volunteers if they join the City Stream Watch program as it surveys Sawmill Creek, Black Rapids Creek, Barrhaven Creek and Cardinal Creek in the summer of 2022

Who: RVCA staff will provide the training

Registration:  To register for the event please send an email to 

June 2022
11Jun

Stream Garbage Clean up – Sawmill Creek at South Keys

Date:  Saturday 11 June 2022 -
Location:  Monterey Boardroom, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON (unless otherwise indicated)
Time:  09:00am - 12:00pm

Location:   South Keys Shopping Mall

City Stream Watch will be conducting a cleanup in Sawmill Creek next to the South Keys Shopping Mall. Participants will help to clean up garbage from the stream and shorelines surrounding Sawmill Creek. There are several areas in the region that tend to accumulate garbage, we may split into two groups if there is enough interest. We will meet in front of the Kelseys at 9:00AM.

Meeting location: We will meet in the parking lot next to the Kelseys

What to wear: Dress for the weather! Wear waterproof boots, long socks (if you want to borrow chest waders), long pants, and a hat

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own gloves if you have a favorite but we will provide them; please bring your own water bottle

What we will provide: We will have drinking water to replenish empty bottles, some snacks, chest waders (for those who reserve them send me your shoe size with your RSVP), garbage bags, and gloves

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP

25Jun

Stream Garbage Clean up – Sawmill Creek at Carleton Condominium Corporation

Date:  Saturday 25 June 2022 -
Location:  Monterey Boardroom, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON (unless otherwise indicated)
Time:  09:00am - 12:00pm

Location:  Sawmill Creek behind Carleton Condominium Corporation

City Stream Watch will be conducting a second cleanup in Sawmill Creek behind the Carleton Condominium Corporation where the stream runs parallel to Bank street. Participants will help to clean up garbage from the stream and shorelines surrounding Sawmill Creek. We will meet at the end of the walking path that connects Bank St to a parking lot within the condominium complex at 9:00AM.

Parking: There is parking available in the South Keys Shopping Centre parking lot next to the CIBC

Meeting location: Once parked, you can cross Bank St at the intersection and head south. There will be a path on the left-hand side near the bus stop. We will meet at the end of this walking path that connects Bank St to the condominium complex.

What to wear: Dress for the weather! Wear waterproof boots, long socks (if you want to borrow chest waders), long pants, and a hat

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own gloves if you have a favorite but we will provide them; please bring your own water bottle

What we will provide: We will have drinking water to replenish empty bottles, some snacks, chest waders (for those who reserve them send me your shoe size with your RSVP), garbage bags and gloves

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP

July 2022
07Jul

City Stream Watch Stream Survey Dates

Date:  Thursday 07 July 2022 - Friday 29 July 2022
Location: 
Time:  09:00am - 12:00pm

We are ready to start booking stream monitoring surveys for the month of July! 2022 stream surveys are being done on Sawmill Creek (Ottawa South) and Cardinal Creek (Orleans).

Stream surveys are scheduled with 1 or 2 volunteers and one staff member from our City Stream Watch staff crew. It is best to allow at least three hours to participate in stream surveys, which includes meeting at the site (the meeting site is near the creek), putting equipment on, running through safety procedures, hiking to the creek, and completing a few survey sections.

To see what days are available, please email us at . Let us know if you are interested in full days, mornings, afternoons or evenings. We make our schedule based on what days and times volunteers are available to come out, and we do our very best to accommodate everyone’s preferences and give everyone the chance to come out during the schedule period.  We apologize in advance if we can’t accommodate all volunteer requests!

09Jul

City Stream Watch Garbage Clean Up

Date:  Saturday 09 July 2022 -
Location: 
Time:  09:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Barrhaven Creek off Baroness Drive 
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City Stream Watch will be conducting a cleanup in Barrhaven Creek next to the stormwater pond. Participants will help to clean up garbage from shorelines of the storm water pond, as well as the creek directly downstream of the storm water pond. 

Meeting location: We will meet in front of the Stormwater Pond off a short path on Baroness Drive at 9 a.m.
What to wear: Dress for the weather! Wear waterproof boots, long socks (if you want to borrow chest waders email us at  with your shoe size ASAP), long pants, and a hat
What to bring: Feel free to bring your own gloves if you have a favorite but we will provide them; please bring your own water bottle
What we will provide: We will have drinking water to replenish empty bottles, some snacks, chest waders (for those who reserve them), garbage bags, and gloves

Have questions? Want to register or reserve chest waders? Email us at 

30Jul

City Stream Watch Garbage Clean Up

Date:  Saturday 30 July 2022 -
Location: 
Time:  09:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Sawmill Creek at Gloria Ave (downstream of Heron Road)
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City Stream Watch will be conducting a cleanup in Sawmill Creek off Gloria Ave. This is approximately 1km downstream of Heron Road. Participants will help to clean up garbage from the stream and shorelines surrounding Sawmill Creek. We will meet on Gloria Ave before making our way down to the creek. 

What to wear: Dress for the weather! Wear waterproof boots, long socks (if you want to borrow chest waders), long pants, and a hat
What to bring: Feel free to bring your own gloves if you have a favorite but we will provide them; please bring your own water bottle
What we will provide: We will have drinking water to replenish empty bottles, some snacks, chest waders (reserve by emailing your shoe size with your RSVP), garbage bags and gloves

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by emailing us at 

August 2022
13Aug

Invasive Species Removal (Japanese Knotweed) - Sawmill Creek

Date:  Saturday 13 August 2022 -
Location:  Towngate Shopping Plaza (Behind Produce Depot)
Time:  09:00am - 12:00pm
City Stream Watch will be conducting an invasive species removal along Sawmill Creek behind Towngate Shopping Plaza. City Stream Watch has been tackling this spot for several years now and we have been starting to see improvement. Japanese knotweed is extremely pervasive, and this removal will involve using shovels to dig out the rhizomes. We will meet at Towngate Shopping Plaza, behind the produce depot for 9:00AM. 

Meeting location: Towngate Shopping Plaza 
What to wear: Dress for the weather! Wear waterproof boots, long socks (if you want to borrow chest waders), long pants, and a hat
What to bring: Feel free to bring your own gloves if you have a favorite but we will provide them; please bring your own water bottle
What we will provide: We will have drinking water to replenish empty bottles, some snacks, chest waders (for those who reserve them send me your shoe size with your RSVP), garbage bags, and gloves

To participate in any of our City Stream Watch events or Stream Monitoring please read in advance the participant guide

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP

27Aug

Invasive Species Removal (European Frogbit and Garlic Mustard) - Jock River Embayment

Date:  Saturday 27 August 2022 -
Location:  Richmond Conservation Area
Time:  09:00am - 12:00pm
City Stream Watch will be conducting another invasive removal on one of our properties in Richmond. We will be targeting both European frogbit (aquatic) and garlic mustard (terrestrial). We will meet in the parking lot of the conservation area for 9:00AM

Parking: There is parking available in the conservation area parking lot 
Meeting location: Richmond Conservation Area 
What to wear: Dress for the weather! Wear waterproof boots, long socks (if you want to borrow chest waders), long pants, and a hat
What to bring: Feel free to bring your own gloves if you have a favorite but we will provide them; please bring your own water bottle
What we will provide: We will have drinking water to replenish empty bottles, some snacks, chest waders (for those who reserve them send me your shoe size with your RSVP), garbage bags and gloves

To participate in any of our City Stream Watch events or Stream Monitoring please read in advance the participant guide

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP

Contact Us

Address:
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

Phone:
613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504

Email:

Hours:

Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Member of: conservation ontario