This summer, LSRCA staff will be visiting homes near Kidds Creek in Barrie to talk about home property improvement programs. If you received a letter about the program, that’s because you live in a priority area! We’re contacting homeowners in your neighbourhood because we want to improve the health of Kidds Creek and Lake Simcoe, and you can help!
What’s happening near Kidds Creek?
Do you know where the rain goes? In your neighbourhood, rain runs off hard surfaces like your rooftop or driveway and flows into the stormwater drain, and eventually into Kidds Creek. This causes high levels of damaging stormwater to reach the creek during storm events, often causing flooding along the way. The rainwater also collects pollutants and sediment as it flows into the storm drain, bringing untreated water into the Creek, and eventually into Lake Simcoe.
Not too long ago, Kidds Creek sustained a population of Brook Trout as far up the creek as Sunnidale Park, but today, there are no fish there at all. The lack of fish in Sunnidale Park is directly related to stormwater surges. With your help, we hope to change that.
What Can you Do?
You can help by simply redirecting your downspout onto the grass away from your house and your neighbours property instead of the driveway to help rainwater soak into the ground naturally, or by taking advantage of free programs and grants.
What programs are available to help?
Is your home near Kidds Creek?
We’ve identified the priority areas in the map below. If your home is located within the red boundary, your stormwater drains directly into Kidds Creek!