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Bogart Creek Restoration Project Charter

Objectives

To improve the water quality of the Bogart Creek from its source to the Holland River so that brook trout can be introduced. The project has two distinct components:

  1. Upper Bogart watershed: Headwater of Bogart Creek to 404 underpass (Whitchurch-Stouffville)
  2. Lower Bogart watershed: 404 underpass to Holland river (Newmarket)

Critical Success Factors

  • Improvement of water quality to support an environment for wildlife to thrive.
  • Cooling of water temperature to support cold-water fish (such as brook trout).
  • Public and government (elected and agencies) involvement to support this project.

Critical Issues and Constraints

  • Untreated storm water entering the watershed.
  • Numerous barriers to migration of fish.
  • Ponds (creates warm water).
  • Garbage and debris in the watershed.
  • Non-native invasive vegetation.
  • Ownership of adjacent land.
  • Financing of the project.
  • Coordination between different municipalities and government agencies.

Project Scope - Included in the Project

  • The work to be undertaken is to improve the water flow, waterbed, shoreline, and riparian areas of the Bogart Creek.
  • Planting of vegetation to improve the habitat of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.
  • Controlling invasive species so that native species can be encouraged to regenerate. Provide educational resources to adjacent landowners.

Project Scope - Not Included in this Project

  • Projects on the Holland River.
  • Purchase of property (e.g. Stickwood brickyard property).
  • Projects that are separate initiatives undertaken by the towns of Newmarket and Whitchurch Stouffville but could be supportive of the Bogart Creek Restoration Project. e.g. Holland river improvements, land acquisition or infrastructure projects such as storm sewers and road improvements.

Benefits

By restoring the Bogart Creek we will:

  • Develop wildlife corridors which will encourage a greater diversity of wildlife species;
  • Allow for greater educational opportunities for its residents and people from surrounding communities; and
  • Encourage community participation and involvement in neighbourhoods and the surrounding environment.

Project Process Approach

The project consists of several phases.
Feasibility phase:
This phase is to identify current condition and possible improvements to the Bogart Creek. Also to identify and determine high-level activities, cost and commitment from the various people that will be involved in the planning and implementation of this project.
Planning Phase:
This phase will be to develop an integrated plan to ensure that the right resources and commitments are in place to implement this project.
Implementation Phase:
To execute, monitor and evaluate the restoration plan

Approval

Approval of the project will be obtained from Town of Newmarket and Whitchurch-Stouffville to proceed. Consultations will also be held with LSRCA and MNR.

Stakeholders

1. Local residents:
a. Newmarket South East Community Association (NSECA)
b. Alexander Muir CA and Alexander Muir wetland conservation initiative
c. Bogart townhouse/condominium complex
d. Trail of the Woods residents

2. Community associations:
a. Boy Scouts
b. Girl Guides
c. Naturalist Club
d. Newmarket Historical Society
e. Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
f. York Simcoe Naturalists Club

3. Local schools (High Schools and Grade Schools:
a. Sacred Heart High School
b. Newmarket High School
c. Pickering College
d. Bogart Public School
e. Prince Charles Public School
f. Christian Academy

4. Town of Newmarket

5. Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

6. Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA)

7. Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Y.E.S. Program

8. Community Resource Centre

9. Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (OSPCA) shelter

10. Ontario Nature

11. Local Businesses, e.g. Lotek

Communication

Ongoing communications will be provided to the Town of Newmarket, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, the stakeholders and project participants. Also the town of Newmarket will be encouraged to include project status through its communication channels e.g. web page, community newspaper, etc.