Community of Wellington

Successful Applicant:
Community of Wellington


Project Title:
Ellis River Watershed Improvement Project

Project Gallery:

Project Summary:

This project focused on completing assessments on current in-stream and riparian habitat, water quality and fish population status within the Ellis River watershed (Wellington) to guide us in future rehabilitation efforts and stewardship initiatives. Three kilometers of in-stream restoration work was also carried out on degraded habitats. The work included removing in-stream obstructions that impeded fish passage and installing brush mat structures to help trap current in-stream silt. Additional activities included planting native tree species along riparian buffers and completing two stream bank armouring structures. This project will benefit wildlife habitat through planned restoration projects and collected valuable biological information that will help guide future restoration efforts in a targeted approach.

The project goals revisited:

1. Improve public awareness and involvement
Twenty landowners were involved in this project and 10 partnerships developed
2. Plant high quality native trees in the riparian zone of Ellis River
200 native trees were planted and protected against grazers with wire guards
3. Restore degraded in-stream habitat
In-stream habitats along 3 kms were restored through selective removal of in-stream debris, strategic placement of 2,256 square feet of brush mats to consolidate sediment and re-define the meandering stream channel and protection of banks using rock armouring in 2 locations
4. Assess water temperatures and monitor the strength and timing of fish movements into the newly restored Barlow’s Pond in Wellington
Temperature data from 4 sites and fish passage through a fish trap provided valuable information about the pond and the strength, size, and timing of fish runs into and out of the pond
5. Assess fish habitat & fish populations in the watershed
8 kms of stream were assessed, including recording of brook trout spawning activity
6. Manage beaver populations and ensure all fish species have unrestricted passage on main stem from headwaters to tidal waters and promote the value of active beaver ponds in watershed areas where fish habitat is not unduly compromised
Removed 3 obstructions that impede fish passage. Developed a draft beaver management plan & carried out trapping efforts in the fall to control population of beavers