September 18, 2017 – Work will continue on the Williams Creek Restoration project over the next couple of weeks with the removal of invasive trees, streambank grading, erosion mat and native plant planting.
“This is a multi-faceted project that will help restore a section of Williams Creek through Port Perry leading into Lake Scugog,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark.
Beginning this week, two invasive Manitoba Maple trees will be removed from the Williams Creek project area, with the remaining work scheduled for Thursday, September 28.
Work will include streambank grading, erosion control mat installation, as well as river rock placement.
“As part of the project we have developed a planting plan with approximately 330 native plants to be included along the Williams Creek project area,” said Ms. Shipclark. “We are organizing the planting with students from Port Perry High School, but we’re also hoping to have some volunteers come out and join us for the planting.”
William’s Creek is Port Perry’s most urbanized watercourse. Unfortunately, high stormwater flows and upstream erosion combined with sedimentation downstream has resulted in perfect conditions for the establishment of Japanese knotweed, a highly invasive plant.
Earlier in the summer, licensed professionals applied chemicals to the Japanese knotweed to begin the initial removal of the highly established and intensely invasive plant.
When the project is complete the end result will in improved aesthetics and restored ecological function. It will serve as a demonstration site for area landowners faced with invasive species management concerns and those who wish to re-naturalize a stream flowing through their property.
This project is supported by Durham Region through the Scugog WATER Fund and by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund. Work is anticipated to begin during the second week of July.