MVCA and Friends of the Carp River are addressing concerns about the state of the Carp River
The Carp River has been studied extensively since 2000, helping the Conservation Authority better understand the unique characteristics of this watershed, identify areas for improvement, and plan for rehabilitation. The Carp River Action Plan has been created and steps are being taken to implement and raise funds for activities to improve the river.
What is the Carp River Action Plan?
It’s a multi-year project focused on the Carp River from Richardson Side Road to the Village of Carp. The plan is based on past studies of the watershed and recommendations from those studies and current condition observations.
The actions outlined in the plan include:
- Enhanced monitoring & stewardship
- Removal of blockages & obstructions
- Engineered shoreline restoration
The benefits are many.
- Reduction in pollutants and sediment
- Improved water quality
- Enhanced fish & wildlife habitat
- Earlier access to fields for farmers
- Reduced algal blooms and weed choked channels
- A survey of the river and shoreline conditions has been completed from Richardson Side Road to Kinburn Side Road
- Two abandoned farm bridges have been removed to improve flows
- Five shoreline properties have been planted with over 2000 locally grown native species of trees and shrubs
- One shoreline property has participated in an engineered shoreline restoration with funding help from Ducks Unlimited and the City of Ottawa
- The City Stream Watch program has been initiated on the tributaries to the Carp River
For more information about the Carp River Action Plan contact Matt Craig, Manager Planning & Regulations