McVicar Creek: Tree Planting Aids Stormwater Management

McVicar Creek Planting
Lakehead University students and faculty water vegetation planted at McVicar Creek.

A group of thirty people, including many Lakehead University students, demonstrated their enthusiasm for urban stream restoration during a McVicar Creek planting event in Thunder Bay on September 30th. Efforts were centered on McVicar Creek locations near Clayte Street, also Madeline Street. The primary objective was planting various tree species to vegetate a low-impact development project installed by the City of Thunder Bay.

Vegetation was planted in a water filtration and retention area for stormwater runoff. Students and other volunteers also mulched and watered the area. The project was funded by the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, to which several Lakehead University Geography and Environmental Studies students had applied, under the direction of department chair Dr Robert Stewart. Other support and funding was provided by EcoSuperior Environmental Programs, North Shore Steelhead Association, North Shore of Lake Superior Remedial Action Plans, Rutter Urban Forestry, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Government of Canada, City of Thunder Bay and Lakehead University Geography, Geology, and Natural Resources Management faculties.

More photos of the September 30th McVicar Creek event. Thank you to Frank Edgson for these photos.

Low Impact Development

Stormwater runoff  is one of the largest factors influencing the Great Lakes. Runoff, especially from urban areas with large paved surfaces, results in flash runoff, often with high contaminant levels. Low impact development is a strategy utilized to manage stormwater and reduce pollution and flooding. The process duplicates natural proceses like water retention and infiltration to the ground.  Plants and soil slow and clean water, reducing or eliminating negative impacts of runoff.


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