JUNE 21, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation staff will be working alongside Township of Scugog staff to re-energize and repair a much-needed bioretention feature at the Port Perry boat launch parking lot this summer.
“The Port Perry boat launch parking lot bioretention feature was the first BlueScaping demonstration site in Port Perry and created in 2017,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “This has been a wonderful Low Impact Development (LID) site for people to learn more about the value of BlueScaping projects, and we are fortunate to be able to work with a community BlueScaping champion, like the Township of Scugog.”
Since the demonstration site was originally built, sedimentation has caused significant damage to the feature. As well, invasive Phragmites have become established in the bioretention feature and become the dominant vegetation.
“This project will help to repair a high profile demonstration site while continuing to reduce runoff entering Lake Scugog,” said Shipclark.
“We know that urban runoff entering Lake Scugog significantly increases nutrient loading, particularly in the immediate area where it is entering the lake, which results in higher aquatic growth,” explained Water Quality Specialist Debbie Balika. “This project to restore and repair the BlueScaping feature will help to reduce the amount of urban runoff and ultimately help reduce the nutrient loading in the area around the boat launch.”
The project, which will involve three key focus areas, is made possible with the support of both the Region of Durham and the Township of Scugog and the RBC Foundation, explained Ms. Shipclark.
“There will be three main phases to the project. We will remove the Phragmites, clean up the sediment which has accumulated and replant suitable native plants to filter the urban runoff,” said Ms. Shipclark. “Our municipal and regional partners recognize the value and importance of these types of projects and we very much appreciate the relationships we have and look forward to completing this and future projects to benefit and assist the residents, businesses and visitors who in our watershed communities.”
Work on the project is slated to begin in July and wrap up by the end of August.