Kensington North Watersheds Association

2012 News

Busy Year in Kensington North

(2013-01-07) 2012 was another busy year of field work for the Association. Over 6300 trees and shrubs were planted throughout the area. Nearly seven kilometres of initial stream restoration was carried out primarily in the tributaries of the Southwest River watersheds and over twenty-eight kilometres of stream maintenance was performed in the other watersheds.

Our staff also participated in the Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP) on the eastern shore of Malpeque Bay and performed two major beach cleanups along the north shore of our area. A water sampling project was started this year and a bio- reactor was constructed to test the effectiveness of wood chips in the removal of nitrates from groundwater. More details regarding the work performed in each watershed are provided below.

MacIntyres Creek This was the first year that KNWSA has done field work in this watershed. Stream restoration was done from Rte 6 upstream to roughly across from the old fire hall. Quite a bit of wooden debris was removed. There were large Willow trees, along with some yellow birch in the riparian zone, both quite uncommon in other KNWSA watersheds. Upstream from the lane across from the old fire hall are some open meadows that present good possibilities for future tree planting.

Sutherlands Creek This was the first year for Sutherlands Creek as well in the KNWSA fold. Stream restoration was done from the estuary to its shallow extremes. The riparian zone is remarkably well treed with a good variety of trees and shrubs. There were no great challenges in the stream restoration. Good fish were observed at the head of the estuary, and small trout were seen throughout. A large section of abandoned floating wharf, in ill-repair, along with other large pieces of wooden garbage, were removed from the estuary using a backhoe. The gabion baskets under Rte 6 are in a collapsing state, and this was reported to the Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR). They have promised to attend to this as their department budgets permit.

Harding Creek Patch cutting of alders around Clinton Pond was carried out during the winter of 2011-12. In the spring, a group of volunteers led by Donald Pickering along with KNWSA staff removed the debris, as it was somewhat unsightly. Trees and shrubs were planted along the Kerrytown Rd side of the pond, and in the corner by the Kerrytown Rd. and Rte 6. A patch of bare soil left by the TIR project of repairing the culvert under Rte 6, amounting to about 1/4 of an acre, was seeded out and mulched. An excavator was used to clean out silt and cattails from around the dam spillway. Community members, KNWSA staff and Ducks Unlimited staff met to discuss the future management of Clinton Pond. It was agreed that Ducks Unlimited and KNWSA will work on a mutual plan to manage the pond and surrounding habitat. Efforts were made to manually control an outbreak of Japanese Knotweed along the shore of the Southwest River near the mouth of Harding Creek.

Durant Creek Approximately two hundred trees of various species were planted in the riparian zone above and below the County Line Rd. A beaver dammed the culvert under the County Line Rd in late May, and, at KNWSA's request, was relocated by TIR and the dam was removed. KNWSA is working with another land owner regarding the construction of a stream crossing.

Tuplin Creek Six tandem loads of silt were removed from the silt trap constructed on the Mark Woodside farm in 2011. Several hundred trees were planted along the riparian zone, along with extensive patch cutting of alders. A new silt trap was created on the Dr. David & Marlene Thomas property. A large spring was cleaned out with an excavator upstream from the new silt trap. The Grade 8 Science Class from Kensington Intermediate Senior High School (KISH) participated in tree planting and stream restoration with the Adopt-A-River program, in cooperation with staff from Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association (BBEMA). Efforts were made to manually control two patches of Japanese Knotweed.

Spring Valley Brook (Southwest River) The silt trap created in 2011 on the Stewart Cole property was cleaned. Several hundred trees were planted in the riparian zone along branch leading to the County Line / Simmons Rd. Fish covers were constructed and placed at two locations. Maintenance on several previously planted tree sites as well as two previously constructed rock dams was performed.

Eel Creek Over 1000 trees and shrubs were planted in the riparian zone on the upstream side of the Burlington Rd. Stream restoration downstream from the Burlington Rd to the estuary was performed for the first time. This was very challenging, with much collapsed wooden debris in the many twists of this short stream.

Long River Over 200 trees were planted during a public tree planting day with the assistance of Gary Schneider from the Macphail Woods project in the riparian zone on the land of Bill and Mary Gray.

Paynters Creek Over 660 trees and shrubs were planted along a short stream known locally as Marys Creek along the Marks Rd. A new silt trap was constructed on Paynters Creek on the footprint of the old mill pond.

French River Administrative assistance was provided for the replacement of a culvert under a private road at the bottom of Simms Pond. Discussions were held with TIR regarding the silt runoff from the Howatt Rd.

Campbells Pond Trees were planted around the south pond. Many discussions were held with residents and government regarding the Rte 20 causeway and the natural damming that is occurring at the mouth of the pond due to storms. Planning on these issues will continue, and hopefully some action will occur in 2013.

Cousins Pond The silt trap on South Creek near the St. Andrews Rd. was cleaned out. Trees were planted in the riparian zones on South Creek. Material from the demolition of Darnley Bridge was used to construct a bridge along West Creek in Sea View, along with some help from KNWSA staff. Further efforts were made to control the noxious weed Cow Parsnip along the shore of Cousins Pond.

Sea View Several hundred trees were planted along different sections. Extensive consultations were held with TIR regarding the Sea View Estates Rd, and the hanging culverts under the Coulson Rd and Rte 20. Some re-shaping of the Sea View Estates Rd. may result in less silt runnoff into Branders Pond in the future.

Baltic River Several hundred additional trees were planted in the riparian zone in three large sections. Eighty metres of brush mat were constructed. The noxious weed Cow Parsnip was all but eradicated from the riparian zone. Stream maintenance was carried out from end to end.

Hunters Creek Additional patch cutting and tree planting was carried out in a difficult stretch downstream from the Matthews Rd.

Shipyard Creek Stream maintenance was carried out from end to end.

Oyster Cove Over 750 trees and shrubs were planted in a major wetland restoration project at the upper end of the Oyster Cove system.

Indian River Two large silt traps, one on Long River Farms and the other at Bruce & Yvonne Gillespie's were cleaned out. Trees were planted close to the silt traps and along a seasonal section of the river on Rte 20 near Kensington. Efforts were made to manually control an outbreak of Japanese Knotweed along Rte 20.

Barbara Weit River Over 500 trees were planted and alders were patch cut in a wetland south of Rte 2. Stream maintenance was carried out in the upper reaches. A section in the West Branch had a heavy mat of watercress removed.

The ongoing work of the Association would not be possible without the support of our major funding partners, Corporate Members, individual members, donors and volunteers.

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