Wright’s Creek Watershed Environmental Committee

Successful Applicant:
Wright’s Creek Watershed Environmental Committee

Award:
$4,645

Project Title:
Development of a Large, Easily Accessible and Healthy Natural Area Within the City of Charlottetown for Nature Appreciation, Exercise, Boating and Fishing


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Project Summary:

The wildlife that lives in and around watercourses depends heavily on quality and quantity of the water in their streams and ponds. Wright’s Creek is in an urban area and the water quality is often deleteriously affected by nearby residential and commercial construction projects that do not handle storm water runoff in a manner that maintains good water quality in nearby streams and ponds. Although progress is being made in trying to promote better storm water management before the water reaches watercourses, there is still a lot of work needed to build and maintain siltation traps and to shore up stream banks carrying ever larger amounts of water.

1. Continue silt trap maintenance by removing silt from the present traps.
In 2011 we built a silt trap at the end of a rock-lined channel that carries water from the Charlottetown Airport and a housing development. Although the trap was emptied once already, we emptied it again in 2016. Jardine’s Pond is about half way between Andrew’s Pond and the airport. In 2012 we deepened the channel in the former pond bed and in 2016 we cleaned this of accumulated silt. Two springs in the pond bed were also excavated
2. Reduce erosion from unlined storm water channels on the Airport property
3. Reduce erosion from the washed out bypass at Jardine’s Pond
To reduce siltation in the by-pass area, we first had to construct a several hundred foot-long road through the woods to allow large equipment to access the area. An excavator was then brought in, the culverts removed and large rock placed to shore up the stream banks
4. Work with partners to improve storm water management in the city
Representatives from our group attend the City of Charlottetown’s Urban Watershed meetings. Ellen’s Creek and Wright’s Creek groups meet frequently and work together on joint initiatives
5. Reduce storm water erosion along Wright’s Creek behind the ball field on MacRae Dr
A three member crew spent a day in this area. Progress was inhibited, because a recent beaver dam had flooded the area. Several springs further up the stream were dug out to improve water flow
6. Extend the system of trails by Andrew’s Pond and upstream
An important link in the trail system is a footbridge across the end of the pond next to St. Peter’s Road, completed in December 2016
7. Assess and if necessary supplement the fish population in Andrew’s Pond
Because the dam at Andrew’s Pond does not allow fish passage, smelts cannot move upstream to spawn. In the spring of 2016 about 400 pounds of smelts were netted below the dam and released into Andrew’s Pond. Burlap was also placed in running water below the dam during the smelt run. Within a week it was laden with smelt eggs. It was then transported above the pond and placed in running water for the eggs to hatch