City Stream Watch

City Stream Watch program targets urban watercourses for monitoring

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is part of the City Stream Watch collaborative formed in 2014. The group, includes 10 agencies monitoring City of Ottawa streams.

These agencies include:


The goal of the City Stream Watch program is to obtain, record, and manage valuable information on the physical and biological characteristics of creeks and streams in the City of Ottawa, while ensuring that they are respected and valued natural features of the communities through which they flow.

The program relies on and encourages the interest and commitment of volunteers from the community, guided by an experienced coordinator, to learn and conduct macro stream assessments in the local waterways, and then assist in stream clean-ups and stream rehabilitation projects on sites the assessment highlighted.

The City Stream Watch program uses stream characterization protocols originally developed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Rideau Valley Conservation Authority began using it in 2002 and has since altered the protocol to facilitate its use by community volunteers and shared it with their neighboring Conservation Authorities. Development of the protocol was essential, as volunteer groups consist of people with a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences.

With intent to standardize monitoring methods across the City of Ottawa, MVCA began using the City Stream Watch program in 2013. With the help of a handful of keen volunteers we were able to test the protocol on Upper Carp Creek in Glen Cairn, and on Poole Creek in Stittsville.

In 2017, MVCA will be sampling Upper Carp Creek, Huntley Creek and Constance Creek. For more information on City Stream Watch projects or how to become a volunteer please contact: Kelly Stiles 613-253-0006 ex 234,

Read our current reports:

Carp C Summary Report 2016

Kizell Drain Summary Report 2016

Shirley’s Brook Summary Report 2016

Corkery Creek Summary Report 2015

Carp A Summary Report 2015

City Stream Watch 2014 Summary

Watts Creek Summary 2014

Huntley Creek Summary Report 2014

Carp Creek Summary Report 2013

Poole Creek Summary Report 2013

For high resolution print versions of these reports contact

Check out some of our Huntley Creek Macro-stream Assessment photos.

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City Stream Watch Cycle