Eastern Creek Naturalization Project
The Eastern Creek Naturalization Project will restore and naturalize a 185m section of Newmarket's Eastern Creek adjacent to Southlake Regional Health Centre. The project will help to improve water quality, reduce erosion, create more habitat for fish and other wildlife, and create a more natural setting for hospital patients, visitors and local residents to enjoy. Eastern Creek is a tributary of the East Holland River, and as a result, the Eastern Creek Naturalization Project falls under the East Holland River Cleanup, a comprehensive plan to restore and protect the East Holland River, led by the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.
Experts at the LSRCA collaborated to establish the best way to naturalize this section of the Eastern Creek. Biologists determined which native tree and shrub species should be planted to help attract native fish, birds and other wildlife to the area. Engineers determined which bioengineering techniques would be best to limit steambank erosion. Fisheries biologists determined the type of fish species living in the creek and how to create the optimal conditions for those species to thrive.
The project is the result of one year of planning and consultation, and a significant collaborative effort between a number of partner organizations, including:
The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Southlake Regional Health Centre
The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation
The Regional Municipality of York, through the Lake Simcoe Water Quality Improvement Program
The Town of Newmarket
The Government of Canada, through Environment Canada
York Environmental Stewardship
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
The Bogart Creek Restoration Committee
For more information contact:
Environmental Project Coordinator
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority