Saturday, February 29 dawned cold, but clear with a fresh layer of snow on the field below the Diefenbunker. Volunteers had groomed a snowshoe track and ski tracks on Friday, plowed the ball diamond parking lot, and picked up rented snowshoes at MEC to loan for free to those without them. We were ready for HCA’s Winter Carnival!
Bright, sunny weather and the chili contest brought a crowd of people to the Mess Hall around noon. Many people enjoyed the trail throughout the day using their own equipment. In the afternoon 36 people signed out snowshoes, 19 adults, 17 children. A number of people had never snowshoed, so we were glad they had the opportunity to try it out.
Friends of the Carp River supported the event to raise awareness of the Carp Riverwalk, a project in the exploration phase about creating a one kilometer loop on the City-owned land below the Diefenbunker. It would have all-season use for people to enjoy walking, jogging, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing along the Carp River.
The Friends of the Carp River are helping the Huntley Community Association (HCA) with a snowshoe and cross-country ski event on Saturday, 29 February between 10am and 4pm. The event takes place on land below the Diefenbunker, where a snowshoe trail and a ski trail will be marked for participants. This is a great family activity for all ages to enjoy nature and celebrate the beauty of winter.
For those without equipment, HCA will have a limited number of snowshoes (6 adult, 6 children) to borrow that you can sign out at the Mess Hall at 2240 Craig’s Side Road registration desk. You will then be directed to the site and its trails.
The event is being held to raise awareness of an exciting new project in our community, the Carp Riverwalk – Our River, Our Heritage, Our Well-being. The Friends of the Carp River are exploring the development of a pedestrian trail along the river below the Diefenbunker for pedestrian recreation and appreciation of Carp’s own little river.
Find out more about the Carp Winter Carnival. At the Mess Hall, there will be a fire pit, chili contest, and more!
5 December 2019 – Carleton University Environmental Science Projects
Carleton University third year students presented their Environmental Science group projects this week. In partnership with the Ottawa Stewardship Council, we sponsored a project at the Carp River Restoration Site: monitor seeded and invasive plants and make recommendations for citizen science and public engagement.
The students recorded 19 plant species in a 350m stretch and identified three invasive species: wild parsnip, flowering rush, and phragmites. They also looked at five citizen science projects and recommended a public awareness event and use of iNaturalist to promote yearly collection of data to see how the site flora change over time.
May 2019 – MVCA Looking for Volunteers
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is running a City Stream Watch Program on Carp River tributaries this summer and needs YOUR help to complete it! The program will run from July- mid August, 2019 (Monday –Saturday).
For this assessment, MVCA will have volunteers working closely with experienced staff members, out in hip waders surveying the stream. You will be wading up the stream taking detailed measurements and site characteristics every 100 m. Each group will have 2-3 volunteers and 1-2 staff members. The stream surveys will run from 9 am-3 pm or 5 pm- dusk (weekdays only), which includes meeting at the site, training, putting equipment on, hiking to the creek and completing the survey.
When: Monday – Saturday, 9 am-3 pm or 5 pm-dusk (weekdays only) from July to mid- August, pick any day that is good for you!
Where: Different meeting sites based on the day
Why: To engage individuals of the local community while at the same time collecting valuable monitoring data which can be used to create restoration plans.
MVCA makes the schedule based on what days volunteers are available to come out, and does its best to accommodate everyone’s preferences.
December 2018 – Concrete Batch Processing Plant Proposed for Carp Road Site
Huntley Creek may be threatened by a Concrete Batch Processing Plant proposed for 2596 Carp Road. Huntley Creek is one of the City’s few cold water creeks and a tributary of the Carp River. Despite setbacks from the floodplain and vegetative buffers, discharge from the plant – planned or unplanned – could affect the creek’s temperature and introduce pollutants. There are also risks to groundwater and nearby wells.
The development proposed in the Site Plan application includes a concrete batching plant, site parking, truck parking, outdoor aggregate storage, and an outdoor wash rack. The plant will increase heavy truck traffic on an already congested section of Carp Road.
The subject property is currently zoned Rural General Industrial which permits a variety of industrial uses, but does not permit a concrete batching plant. The Zoning By-law Amendment application requests that a concrete batching plant be included as an additional permitted use to the subject property in order to accommodate the development on the property.
The target date the application will be considered by the City’s Agricultural and Rural Affaires Committee, is February 7, 2019. Residents are encouraged to voice their concerns to Councillor El-Chantiry and to the City’s planner, who can be contacted via the Site Plan application web site.
12 July 2018 – Public Meeting on Next Phase of Arcadia Development
Many people don’t know that more houses will be built between the south side of the Carp River and the existing houses in Arcadia on what used to be the floodplain of the river. At the public meeting on 12 July we learned:
There are two storm water management ponds. The larger one to the north is 8 ha and it must be built first in 2019/2020 to establish elevation.
In Stages 3 and 4, 455 residential units will be built, a mix of singles and townhomes. Stage 3 planned occupancy is 2021; Stage 4 is 2024.
There are currently no plans to build Stage 5 (although this may change). It lies in the floodplain and there are “soil challenges”.
Feedmill Creek with be “restored” (with developer funds) and pathways created on either side. The work will be done by the City in 2020.
The park is 6 ha. Half of the park will be built in 2020/2021; the other half near river will need to be pre-loaded and allowed to settle. The land will need to be raised by 3 to 4 meters.
The future LRT corridor is at the south end, between Campeau and the Queensway. It will cross the Carp River and run parallel to Feedmill Creek.
Stage 2 is commercial development south of Campeau Drive: 2 hotels, 2 restaurants, and a hotel in 2018/2019.
19 June 2018 – Carp River Wetland Environmental Area
The Carp River restoration site – now called the Carp River Wetland Environment Area – along Terry Fox Drive was officially opened by Councillor Marianne Wilkinson and Mayor Jim Watson. Under an agreement between the City of Ottawa and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), the area will become a living classroom for education about wetlands. As a start, the first four interpretive signs have been installed along the beginning of the trail near Arcadia. The sign content was developed by third year Carleton University students taking the group environmental science project course. Together with the Ottawa Stewardship Council we sponsored the Carp River group project. The trails are not finished, but most of the network is complete. You can access them at the end of Campeau Drive from Huntmar Drive.
June 2018 – EcoTrek Mobile App for the Carp River Restoration site
In partnership with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and the Ottawa Stewardship Council, we are supporting the development of a downloaded mobile application for your phone called EcoTrek that will highlight features along the Carp River Restoration site’s pathways as you travel along them. It will draw the visitor’s attention to landmarks, eco-zones, vegetation types, bird and turtle habitat, etc. And it’s set up as a game with points added to your backpack as you learn about the river so that it will appeal to kids, families, and educators. For more information, see the OSC’s EcoTrek article.
4 June 2018 – Volunteers Needed For Tree Planting
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is planting trees on the Carp River Restoration site in Kanata on Monday, 4 June starting at 10am.
April 2018 – Carp River in Spring Flood Conditions
Here’s a beautiful photo by Sue Prior of the Carp River near Huntmar Drive on a tranquil evening.
In comparison, here’s the churning river at Fitzroy Provincial Park taken near its mouth where it enters the Ottawa River.
14 December 2017 – Comments on the Kanata Highlands Development
Richcraft Homes held a public information meeting on 12 December to share three preliminary concept plans for the envelope of land – about 27 hectares – available for development out of a total of 77 hectares on the south side of Terry Fox Drive. Information about this project, including past comments from the public, is available at the City of Ottawa’s Urban Expansion Study for the Kanata Highlands. The three concepts can be downloaded here.
There are two main issues with this development:
management of flood and surface water, and
addressing the species at risk on the site, especially the Blanding’s Turtle population.
The site borders the stretch of the Carp River between Richardson Side Road and the railroad crossing at Huntmar Road. Flood plain mapping was last done in 1983, but significant development has occurred upstream since that time. Blanding’s Turtles cross the site from the adjacent South March Highlands to reach the river. We sent our comments to the City and you can download them here.
5 December 2017 – Carleton University Student Project Completed
In an update to our October post below, the third year Carleton University Environmental Science students completed their project about the Carp River Restoration area along Terry Fox Drive in Kanata. The students outlined four recommendations related to the restoration:
adding interpretive signs to educate and engage the community;
monitoring water quality, particularly conductivity, which is a result of metal ions and toxins from road salting that can adversely affect some species causing infertility or death;
monitoring by “citizen scientists” of the changing ecosystem of plants, animals, invasive species, and water quality as the site matures; and
engaging schools in nature education programs on the site including building bird and bat boxes, and recording species.
The students prepared a short video about the site, which can be viewed in the link below. The view shown in the link is from a point halfway along the restored river, looking north from over the Queensway. Terry Fox Drive is to the right.
October 2017 – Blanding’s Turtles at the Oakleigh Wetland Restoration Site
In 2015, Ducks Unlimited Canada completed a 4 acre wetland restoration along 600 meters of Carp River shoreline at Oakleigh near Huntmar Road. They also constructed a turtle nesting area for the Blanding’s turtles that use the Carp River as a corridor. Blanding’s turtles are a Species at Risk (Threatened status). This summer landowner Sue Prior observed this mature Blanding’s turtle on her property. Read about the project in DUC’s October newsletter.
October 2017 – Carp River Restoration Project Study
In fall 2017 a student team from the Group Research in Environmental Science Project at Carleton University are undertaking a study that will form the basis for monitoring programs and future research projects.
The Carp River Restoration Project commenced in 2016 and incorporates approximately 6000 metres of stream restoration, habitat improvements (ponds and wet meadows), and recreational pathways in a large, rapidly urbanizing area running parallel to Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.
The student’s project will assemble available information about the Carp River before and after the restoration to establish a baseline description of the restored section. The baseline information and the restoration’s objectives will serve as the foundation on which to base an educational and interpretive program, begin monitoring programs, and conduct research projects related to the efficacy of the restoration.
We are partnered with the Ottawa Stewardship Council, who is the lead for the project. Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is provided subject matter expertise.
July 2017 – Flood
What a difference a year makes. Between 22 June and 2 July we received 189 mm (7.5 inches) of rain near the village of Carp. Volunteers have been taking measurements at gauges along the river. Readings show that the river is at levels consistent with high spring flooding.
June 2017 – Turtles are on the Move
Turtles are looking for dry areas near water to lay their eggs. This snapper was photographed by David Dorey on his lawn by the Carp River near Rivington Street in the village.
The severe drought has caused extremely low water levels on the Carp River. However, the wetlands at Oakleigh, restored in 2015, are still retaining water. The four ponds have hosted a pair of great blue herons, a king fisher and about a dozen ducks on a daily basis. In the photo below Huntmar Road is in the background by the hydro poles. Photo by S. Prior.
12 May 2016 – Trees Planted at Oakleigh Wetland Restoration
The MVCA coordinated the planting of over 550 native trees and shrubs along 600m of the Carp River and its floodplain at the Oakleigh Wetland Restoration site. The trees were planted by employees of local Carp company Senstar, which provides a volunteer day for community work, and by staff from the MVCA. The trees and shrubs will help to stabilize the bank to reduce erosion, provide habitat for wildlife, increase local species bio-diversity, and eventually shade the river to keep it cool with less algal growth.
1 May 2016 – Carp River Event Cancelled; Wetland Tour Still Offered
We’re sorry to inform you that we’re cancelling the Canoe the Carp River event on Sunday, 1 May due to very low water levels at the launch area. We are, however, still offering a tour of the Oakleigh Wetland Restoration at 1pm to all registered participants.
We’ve had a very dry spring and sunny, dry weather. While the river is deep enough to paddle upstream of the March Road bridge, the launch site has wide mud flats and low mid-channel clearance for boats. We’ve had two test paddlers in last 24 hours report low water levels and mucky conditions. There are no other easily accessible public launch sites in the area, something that we’re working on changing in the future.
We appreciate the interest and enthusiasm of those who signed up to participate. We had 50 boats registered and had to turn some people away. We’ll try again next year!
1 May 2016 – Second Launch Time.
We have a very limited area in which to launch boats. All 25 boat spaces for our 10:00 am launch have sold out. We want as many people as possible to join us, so we are offering a second launch window at 10:30 am with 25 spaces available. You can register on-line at: Eventbrite – Second Launch.
We have run out of boats to lend people, so you must have your own boat.
1 May 2016 – You’re Invited to Canoe the Beautiful Carp River!
The event will be held on Sunday, 1 May between 10 am and 3 pm rain or shine. Boats will be launched at Carp Road and Rivington Street by the bridge in Carp. We will paddle upstream as far as Huntmar Road and then return to Carp, a round trip distance of 11 km, which will take approximately 3 hours at a leisurely pace. Pre-registration is required at Eventbrite.
Boaters will have the opportunity to take a tour of the Oakleigh Wetland Restoration project near the Huntmar Bridge, where there will be refreshments and bathroom facilities.
You are encouraged to bring your own canoe or kayak. Canoes and kayaks will also be available on site, compliments of the Trailhead Paddle Shack, for those who need them. If you do need a boat, please email us separately after you’ve registered your ticket.
Participants must register ahead of time on Eventbrite and sign a waiver. We plan to launch at 1000 am so please arrive between 0930 am and 0950 am. A donation of $10 per boat is requested to support the Friends of the Carp River. Parking is at the Tubman Funeral Home parking lot at 115 Rivington Street in Carp.
One ticket per boat. Once you have your ticket, please download and print the waiver. One waiver per participant. Sign it and either scan it and email it or bring it with you to the launch.
Warning: There may be downed trees in the river and you may have to portage your boat around these on muddy and wet banks. Wear waterproof boots and clothes that can get dirty.
1 March 1016 – Presentation about the Oakleigh Wetland Restoration Project
Delayed to Tuesday, 10 May at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Church in Dunrobin.
The Dunrobin Women’s Institute is thrilled to be hosting Sue Prior, who will be speaking about her Oakleigh Wetland Restoration project and ideas for the future. This is a public meeting and all people are welcome. Tea and treats will be served near the end of the meeting.
January 2016 – Carp River Restoration Project
Work has begun on the Carp River Restoration Project between Hazeldean Road and Richardson Side Road. The sculpting of ponds and wet meadows is clearly visible when driving along Terry Fox just south of Richardson Side Road. The West Carleton Review published a good summary article in their 21 January 2016 edition: Carp River Restoration Begins After Years of Study. Councillor Qadri has also provided a summary: Carp River Restoration Project Update.
13 September 2015 – Visit Us at Celebrate the Hills Event
The Friends of the Carp River will have a table and display at the Celebrate the Hills event being held on Sunday, 13 September between 10:30am and 3:30pm at 150 Donald B. Munro Drive. Learn more about the Carp River Remediation Project in planning for a section of the river near the village.
See Celebrate the Hills for more information.
August 2015 – Signs Unveiled For Carp River Wetland Restoration
Jamie Fortune, Chief Operating Officer of Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Sue Prior, landowner, unveil one of two new signs that will mark the wetland restoration project at Oakleigh on the Carp River.
Things were hopping at Oakleigh as hundreds of young leopard frogs cleared the trails for tours of the new wetlands by the guests at the BBQ and celebration.
Landowner Sue Prior is thrilled with the outcome of the wetland restoration project undertaken by Ducks Unlimited Canada on her 0.6 km stretch along the Carp River. The wetlands were constructed in the winter of 2015. Waterfowl, frogs, and other wetland creatures are populating the area as the vegetation fills in.
Sue is opening her Oakleigh Wetlands Restoration Project to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at this time. If you have a group – be they gardeners, bird watchers, river folk, or just plain nature deprived city dwellers – who would like to see the initial stages of a large wetland restoration, contact her via our Contact form. Sue is particularly interested in working with special needs groups and encourages them to connect with her to share ideas.
Public events are being planned in the future to showcase the project and hopefully encourage other landowners along the river to consider enhancing their wetlands.
28 May Tree Planting Moved to 2 June
Contact Caleb Yee at the MVCA for details.
20 May 2015 – Over 800 Trees Planted at the Diefenbunker
Vitesse Reskilling Canada organized the planting of over 800 trees along the Carp River at the Diefenbunker. Volunteers from local company Senstar planted the trees under the direction of Caleb Yee from the MVCA. Funding was provided by the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.
May 2015 – Cancelled – Canoe the Carp River
Cancelled due to low water levels caused by a very dry spring.
The Friends of the Carp River and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority are once again inviting the community to join them to “Canoe the Carp River” this spring.
March 2015 – Carp River Wetland Restoration Project
Ducks Unlimited Canada has completed construction of the four wetland ponds along a 600m stretch of the Carp River near the Huntmar bridge. Each pond is connected to the river through a rocky outlet channel, which will allow the ebb and flow of water and encourage the passage of both fish and wildlife species.
The four ponds were created in existing wetland basins comprising a 4 acre area. The basins were excavated to extend their period of hydration and re-contoured to encourage the establishment of productive, permanent wetland habitat. A turtle nesting area was also created to support the existing population.
The project was initiated and led by the landowner, who wanted to restore the natural functioning of the land, which had been degraded through historical dredging and straightening of the river.
The area will now be left to revegetate naturally, with a mature wetland habitat expected by fall of 2016.
One of the main goals of the Carp River Action Plan is moving forward. Ducks Unlimited Canada has obtained $500K of funding needed to undertake a major wetland restoration and habitat creation project along 0.6km of privately-owned river front downstream from Richardson Side Road. Key support from Councillor El-Chantiry secured 50% of the funding from the City’s Environmental Resource Area Acquisition Reserve Fund.
Check out the interview with the landowner in the West Carleton Review’s 1 January 2015 article: Portion of Carp River to be Restored, by Jessica Cunha.
July 2014 – Carp River Monitoring Program
Does 1 inch of rain equal a 1 foot rise in the Carp River?
Since August of 2012, volunteers have been monitoring rain fall and water level at 6 locations along the length of the Carp River. The data are sent to the MVCA for analysis to correlate rain fall with the rise and fall of the Carp River.
Data from volunteers are integrated with data from three MVCA flow gauges in the river, which are located at Maple Grove in Kanata, Richardson Side Road, and Kinburn.
The MVCA has been monitoring flow rates at Kinburn since 1972. These are measurements taken at a single point in the river, but some conclusions can be drawn. There is less water flowing in the Carp River averaged over the year likely due to lower snow fall, but there is more water in the river in the summer:
The maximum annual flow has been decreasing. This correlates with less snow melt.
The mean annual flow has decreased slightly.
The maximum summer flow has been increasing, likely due to more frequent and larger summer storms.
Mean summer flows are increasing. While a trend in higher temperatures should lead to more evapotranspiration, it is believed that summer flow rates are higher due to more hard surfaces upstream.
The minimum summer 7-day mean flow has been increasing.
The Friends of the Carp River and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) hosted 10 boats and 20 people in their “Canoe the Carp River” event on 25 May. The event was held to introduce people to the natural beauty of the Carp River, which is the only river to lie entirely within the City of Ottawa.
Canoes and kayaks launched at the village and paddled upstream to the Huntmar Bridge, returning to Carp for a round trip distance of about 11 km.
Boaters saw natural areas and wildlife along the route: forests, wetlands, a turtle, muskrat, and herons. Also visible was evidence of past dredging in the straightened channels and high banks, and runoff from pastures and fields without plants on the river bank to buffer it.
Thank you to Karson Kartage for use of their portapotty, to Tubman Funeral Home for use of their parking lot, and to Sue P. for refreshments. The West Carleton Review published an article about our event: Friends Paddle the Carp River.
Volunteers and staff from the MVCA planted over 1000 trees and shrubs along the Carp River and one of its tributaries. Funding for the trees was provided through the Ottawa Stewardship Council’s Carp River Green Banks program. The expected impacts of this project include filtering agricultural runoff from entering the Carp River and stabilizing the banks to prevent further erosion. Both of these issues contribute to poor water quality. The shrubs/trees planted will also create new habitat for wildlife with food and shelter.
Trees and shrubs were also planted in the Craig Side Road area where blockages were removed in the fall.
2014 – Volunteers Needed for Stream Assessment
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is running a City Stream Watch Program on Huntley Creek this spring and needs volunteers help to complete it. Huntley Creek flows from Highway 7 east of Upper Dwyer Hill Road to the Carp River (North of Richardson Side Road).
The program will run from June 9, 2014 (Monday –Saturday) until June 27, 2014. During the assessment volunteers will work closely with experienced staff members to survey the creek. Wearing hip waders, a group will wade up the creek taking detailed measurements and site characteristics every 100m. Each group will consist of 2-3 volunteers and 1-2 staff members. The stream survey will run from 9am-3pm, which includes meeting at the site, training, putting equipment on, hiking to the creek and completing the survey. When: Monday – Saturday, 9am-3pm from June 9 – June 27 Where: Different meeting sites based on the day Why: To engage individuals of the local community while at the same time collecting valuable monitoring data which can be used to create restoration plans. The schedule is based on what days volunteers are available. This program offers excellent hands-on and educational experience while at the same time giving you a chance to meet new people and give back to nature! Please contact Alyssa Boivin at MVCA if you are interested in participating. Include the following information:
Date (s) of availability
Shoe size (for hip waders)
14 March 2014 – Buy a Rain Barrel to Support the Carp River
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is selling rain barrels to raise funds to support their Stream Watch programs. $10 from the purchase of each rain barrel will help the MVCA meet their water monitoring goals in the Carp River and Mississippi River watersheds.
Rain barrels capture and store rainwater collected from roofs through downspouts. They provide chlorine-free and fluoride-free water that is ideal for flowers, vegetables, lawns, shrubs and trees. It will save you money and help you conserve this precious resource.
Pre-Order your rain barrel online at www.rainbarrel.ca/mvca or call Alyssa at 613.253.0006 ext. 267. Pick up is on Saturday, 26 April in Carleton Place or Kinburn. Each base model rain barrel costs $55. For details, see www.mvc.on.ca/buy-a-rain-barrel-today/
Volunteers will be needed at the pick-up points to help with loading the barrels. Contact Suzanne Mcfarlane at MVCA if you’d like to help.
4 March 2014 – Carp River Action Plan – Tree Removal
The Friends and members of the West Carleton Snow Mobile Club cleared downed trees and branches behind the Diefenbunker and near Craig Side Road to improve canoe and kayak passage.
Only debris above the water line was removed in order not to disturb fish habitat.
Thank you to Mike Asquini and Peter Giles of the West Carleton Snow Mobile Club
We also cleared some trees near the village of Kinburn.
9 December 2013 – Carp River Action Plan Update – Barrier Removal
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has completed removal of three barriers across the Carp River at two sites just downstream from the Village of Carp. The project is in partnership with the City of Ottawa, the Friends of the Carp River (FCR), shoreline landowners, and with funding from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). A tree jam was opened up and two abandoned farm crossings were removed as they can cause high flow velocities making it difficult for fish to migrate upstream to spring breeding grounds. The structures can also cause ice jams creating flooding and erosion problems as the water creates a new path downstream. Now that the structures are removed, approximately 150 m of shoreline will be planted with local native trees and shrubs helping to restore the banks from historical cattle access and the disturbance caused when removing the bridge structures. This restoration is just one of the projects that the MVCA and the FCR plan complete over the next few years along the Carp River and its tributaries. If you are a shoreline resident and interested in participating in these stewardship activities, MVCA staff can help get you started. These projects are important to the quality of the Carp River; funds are available to provide advice, materials, and labour for your shoreline project. If you have any questions about the rehabilitation or want more information about private landowner projects, contact Kelly at the MVCA office 613-253-0006 or email@example.com.
30 October 2013 – Carp River Action Plan Update
The Carp River Action Plan has MVCA staff busy lining up projects along the river with the help of the Friends of the Carp River and local landowners. Barrier removal was one of four main actions in the Plan. The MVCA will start work on some barrier removal downstream of the Village of Carp this December. These barriers were identified in the 2012 Carp River Assessment. School groups and community organizations are also on board to help complete shoreline rehabilitation projects along the river. Watch the MVCA web site for the macro stream assessment reports for Poole Creek and the Upper Carp River watersheds online in December. We’ll provide a link to them.
2 July to 11 July 2013 – Stream Assessment, Upper Carp River & Poole Creek
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is running a macro stream assessment on the Upper Carp River in the Glen Cairn area and Poole Creek in Stittsville during the days and evenings between July 2nd until July 11th. For this assessment volunteers, along with a member of MVCA staff, wearing waders will work their way along the water course and take detailed measurements every 50 and 100 meters. Each group will be made up of 2-3 volunteers and one staff member.
The Upper Carp River runs from NCC land (Old Quarry Trail, P5) at Eagleson Road near Hazeldean through Glen Cairn, emptying at Terry Fox Drive near Castlefrank.
26 May 2013 – Volunteer for Check Your Watershed Day on 9 June
Mississippi Valley Conservation is gearing up for some volunteer activities along the Carp River this summer. First event: Check Your Watershed Day June 9. All you need to do is walk a section of the river and collect data or, if you have transportation, drive to selected sites along the streams to capture the data. MVC staff will lead you through the process. You’ll record water temperatures, take photos at culvert and bridge crossings, and make note of clean-up sites. This snap-shot of the watershed conditions helps MVC identify areas where conditions are not ideal and work toward fixing them.
Kinburn and Stittsville locations. Sunday, 9 June, noon until 4pm. Register on-line here or contact Tara at MVCA.
13 May 2013 – Summer Student for the Carp River Watershed Returns!
Tara’s back! She’s Mississippi Valley Conservation’s incredibly enthusiastic summer student organizing the volunteer monitoring and stewardship events in the Carp River watershed. Great to have you back Tara! If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please email Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 May 2013 – How you can help the Carp River Action Plan receive $50,000
The Carp River is on course to receive up to $50,000 to support stewardship activities through the Shell Fuelling Change program – but we need your vote!
The Shell Fuelling Change grant is vote dependent with voting starting in May (now) and ending October 31 2013. Supporters can vote online via website, social media and when they buy gas or products at Shell stations.
Eligible projects need to collect the most votes in order to receive their requested amount. The Carp River Action Plan is listed on fuellingchange.com. Here’s how you can vote:
Buy gas or products at any Shell station so that you can redeem codes for votes.
Browse the projects online and find the Carp River Action Plan under the Water category or go directly to this link: Carp River Fuelling Change.com,
Vote for the Carp River Action Plan.
You can also add votes by choosing your “Favourite” projects; subscribing to project updates; telling your friends on Facebook; and tweeting your votes. All of this garners more votes for you to assign to the project of your choice.
For more information about this project and our partners contact Suzanne McFarlane, MVC Community Relations Coordinator.
April 2013 – Carp River Watershed Water Level and Rainfall Monitoring Recommences
Volunteers with Friends of the Carp River, in support of Mississippi Valley Conservation, are recommencing measurements of water levels and rainfall up and down the length of the Carp River watershed. Last summer the MVC installed water level gauges at various points along the river to build a record that correlates rainfall with the level of the river as it flows 42km from Kanata through West Carleton into the Ottawa River. See the link to the Carp River Monitoring Program for more details.
Friday, 19 October 2012 – Fitzroy Harbour Tree Planting
The Friends of the Carp River have been working with the City of Ottawa to organize the planting of native trees and shrubs along the Carp River at Fitzroy Harbour. On Friday, October 19, Grade 7 and 8 students from St. Michael’s in Fitzroy Harbour will be participating in this tree planting event, which is a final step that will stabilize the riverbank at the Community Centre to avoid further erosion behind the ball diamond. The event is taking place from 9:30am-noon at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre (184 Carleton St.).
Saturday, 8 September 2012 – River Day at the Carp Farmer’s Market
The Friends of the Carp River and the Ottawa Riverkeeper will be sharing a booth at the Carp Farmer’s Market. We will have information available on a variety of programs for landowners and people interested in volunteering :
The Carp River Monitoring Program
The Carp River Green Banks Program
The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program
Saturday, 29 July 2012 – Check Your Watershed Day : Volunteers Needed!
Mississippi Valley Conservation, The Friends of The Carp River, and The Kanata Haven Youth Center are looking for 50 volunteers to help create a “snap-shot” of the Carp River sub-watershed. This Check Your Watershed Day is a half-day event where you can get your feet wet and learn first-hand about the Carp River watershed. This event is great for families, friends, and anyone looking for hands on experience in the environmental field.
Teams or individuals are needed to help check the condition of the river. Volunteers will check the temperature of small streams feeding the Carp River at road crossings, take photos of each site they visit and make notes on its general condition. This information will help to build a better understanding of the health of the water in the watershed at a single point in time. It will also help to inform stewardship activities and management of the watershed.
Volunteers will receive maps and any equipment needed.
What happens on Check Your Watershed Day?
Volunteers meet at 1:00pm at Dick Brule Community Centre (170 Castlefrank Rd, Kanata) to receive training and equipment
Teams will head to their assigned sites (approximately 4 to 6) to take temperature readings and photos.
All sites are located at road crossings. The team may need the use of a personal vehicle to access sites. Mileage will not be covered.
Teams (or an individual on the team) will return data sheets and equipment to Dick Brule Community Centre (170 Castlefrank Rd, Kanata)
Teams can expect to be finished before 4:00pm
To register or for more information, email email@example.com. Space is limited so please register by July 26th stating whether you are an individual or registering a group and whether you prefer to survey an urban or rural section of the river.
High school students can use this event for Community Service Hours but those under 18 years must accompanied by an adult.
31 May 2012 – Carp River Watershed Monitoring Assistant Hired
Mississippi Valley Conservation (MVC) has hired Tara Monaghan as a monitoring assistant for the Carp River watershed. Tara is working towards a degree in Geography and a diploma in Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation.
Tara will be working closely with the Friends of the Carp River to assess the viability of community-based monitoring in the watershed. Her primary goal is to develop a network of volunteers interested in helping on a regular basis or who can participate in occasional events like Check Your Watershed Day.
A group of Stittsville residents has already started monitoring water levels in the Poole Creek Wetland, one of the Carp River’s tributaries where very low water levels were recorded last year). These volunteers are also collecting rainfall data using gauges supplied by MVC. Heavy rainfall has occurred frequently in recent years and MVC is looking for more people willing to install and monitor a rain gauge.
Tara is also looking for landowners who would like information on grants available through the Carp River Green Banks shoreline restoration program to plant trees along the Carp River or its tributaries.
11 May 2012 – Summer Student Needed
Mississippi Valley Conservation in partnership with Friends of the Carp River is accepting applications for a summer student position to assist with the implementation of environmental monitoring programs. Much of the work will focus on community-based pilot projects in the Carp River Watershed. A detailed job description is available: Monitoring Assistant Job Description in PDF
This full-time position is intended for a student in the field of environmental studies such as biology and water management, ecosystem management, geography or a similar course of study. Location: Mississippi Valley Conservation office, 4175 Hwy 511, Lanark. Duration: May 28 to September 8. Pay: $10.75 per hour.
Please send your resume with an email summarizing your experience and interests to Alyson Symon, (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 6 p.m. May 21, 2012. Interviews will be conducted May 24 to 25.
2 May 2012 – Exploratory Canoe Trip Down the Carp River
The Friends of the Carp River, along with staff of Mississippi Valley Conservation, led an exploration of the river by canoe/kayak from Richardson Side Road to Craig Side Road. The objective of the trip was to view the riparian status of this critical section of the river first hand in preparation for a study this summer.
In the lead kayaks are Suzanne McFarlane, Brian Anderson, and Matt Craig of the MVC and behind them are Mary Porritt and Linda McCormick of the Friends. The paddlers have just emerged from the under the March Road bridge and are headed north towards the village.
Click the picture to view the video.
Three ecosystems were noted during the journey:
a critical suburban section in Kanata from Hazeldean to Huntmar, which is under pressure from new development,
rural areas with eroded banks and poor vegetation cover, and
natural rural areas with meanders, tree cover, and a more healthy, riparian ecosystem.
22 April 2012 – Upper Poole Creek Wetland Monitoring Information Session
Mississippi Valley Conservation is holding a public meeting re. monitoring of the Upper Poole Creek Wetland portion of the Provincially Significant Goulbourn Wetlands Complex and the upper part of Poole Creek, including its headwaters.
WHERE: Goulbourn Municipal Hall (former council chambers) at 2135 Huntley Road, Stittsville
WHEN: Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presentations will begin at 11:15 a.m.
MVC staff will discuss the wetland monitoring plan and volunteer responsibilities, providing the direction and tools needed to begin the monitoring process. They will also introduce other environmentally based volunteer programs that may be of interest.
The Friends of the Carp River will be on hand to raise awareness about its organization and talk about volunteer opportunities. MVC Education Coordinator Sarah O’Grady along with Cliff Bennett of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will discuss wildlife monitoring programs available in the area. Residents interested in landowner stewardship programs offered by MVC, such as tree planting and shoreline rehabilitation, are also encouraged to attend.
RSVPs are appreciated and drop-ins are welcome. A light lunch will be provided.
Library Open House, March 2012
We would like to thank Lori Fielding, Supervising Librarian, and her staff at the Carp Branch of the Public Library for hosting our Carp River Remediation Project display panels and open house from 19 through 24 March.
We would also like to thank Ward 5 Councillor Eli El-Chantiry and his assistant, Sylvia Bell, for accepting our invitation and spending an hour on Saturday discussing the project with us and meeting library patrons.
Friends of the Carp River Information Display
at the Public Library, Carp Branch, 3911 Carp Road
19 March through 24 March
The Friends of the Carp River will have an information display at the Carp Branch of the Public Library from Monday, 19 March through Saturday, 24 March.
The information display will describe the proposed Carp River Remediation Project, which is a rehabilitation of the Carp River from March Road to Carp Road from its degraded state to a healthy riparian ecosystem.
The information display will be staffed by members of the Friends on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and on Saturday between 10AM and noon, and between 1pm and 3pm.
The Friends are seeking feedback and support from the community, which includes local citizens and landowners, multiple levels of government, various agencies and organizations, and local businesses.
People are encouraged to learn about the project and to provide feedback. Offers to volunteer with the Friends of the Carp River are also appreciated.
Information about the project is available at the link at the right or a summary can be downloaded in PDF format.