Grassy Brook Aquatic Rehabilitation Project (1999 to 2001)
Grassy Brook is a lower reach tributary of the Welland River, which is the largest tributary of the Niagara River Area of Concern. The lower 3.8 kilometers of the stream are located within the boundary of Baden Powell Park in the City of Niagara Falls.
The main objective of this project was to improve the integrity of Grassy Brook and the associated wetlands by increasing riparian buffers, mitigating erosion through bioengineering, and protecting the wetlands against trampling by recreational fishing by building a boardwalk in Baden Powell Park.
This project also involved a landowner outreach program that educated the private landowners about the challenges facing this creek, as well as the options available for restoration. A later component was added to this project which included restoring a section of stream through using natural channel design practices.
With the assistance of landowners and community members, approximately 2 kilometers of stream buffers were restored using native trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers, and aquatic plants. Bioengineering techniques were used to stabilize stream banks, while fish habitat structures were installed to create habitat for fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Funding for this project has been graciously received from The Canada Trust - Friends of the Environment Foundation ($10,000), The City of Niagara Falls ($5,000), EcoAction 2000 ($60,000), and The Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation ($50,000).
The in-kind support for this project has been a vital component. Key partners in the Project team were: Barnes Agriforestry, Niagara College, Land Care Niagara, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Plantscape Niagara, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ken Glasbergen, Human Resources Development Canada, as well as the countless volunteers who have came out to help with the restoration efforts.