Carp River Action Plan 2012 – 2016

A community-based partnership between the Friends of the Carp River and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority.

In the summer and fall of 2012 the MVCA, in partnership with the FCR, completed a detailed assessment of the Carp River from Richardson Side Road to the Village of Carp due to:

  • Concerns about visibly increasing flooding at the Village,
  • Future downstream effects of development at Kanata West and the Terry Fox Extension, and
  • the need to provide a better understanding of the geomorphology, river dynamics and ecological functions.

As a result of this assessment, the MVCA and FCR recommended to Councillor El-Chantiry that a strategic, multi-year Carp River Action Plan be undertaken to improve the most degraded mid-reach section of the Carp River.  It comprises four main actions:

  1. Implementation of a landowner stewardship program for key riparian properties,
  2. Removal of blockages and obstructions downstream from the Village,
  3. Creation of a Carp River Stream Watch Program, and
  4. Engineered restoration of the river at two key sections.

The Action Plan has three major benefits for the citizens of Ottawa:

  1. Reduced maintenance costs
  2. Improved water quality entering the Ottawa River
  3. New recreational and economic benefits to the Village of Carp

The Action Plan supports the Carp Village Community Design Plan.

December 2014 – Carp River Action Plan Update

The Friends of the Carp River (FCR), in partnership with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), continue to make progress on the Carp River Action Plan.  Using donations and the $50,000 award from Shell Canada, the MVCA has put together a 3 year plan that addresses the four main goals in the Action Plan:

  1. Landowner stewardship program – In the spring of 2014, the MVCA and volunteers planted a total of 2,000 trees at five sites along the shoreline of the Carp River.  The MVCA has identified more sites to improve tree coverage and bank stabilization and add cattle fencing along the Carp River.  Stewardship and planting activities were also completed at Upper Poole Creek.
  2. Removal of blockages and obstructions – The MVCA removed 2 old bridges near the Diefenbunker and downstream from Craig Side Road in December 2013.  The FCR, with help from the West Carleton Snowmobile Club, removed downed trees and debris from two sites downstream from Carp and near Kinburn in March.  Two large tree blockages still remain near the village.
  3. Creation of a Carp River Stream Watch Program – The MVCA initiated stream watch activities in the main tributaries of the Carp River:  in 2012/2013 with Poole Creek, in 2013 with Upper Carp Creek, and in 2014 with Huntley Creek (near Huntmar).  Volunteers will be needed to help with gathering data on more tributaries in 2015.
  4. Engineered restoration of the river – $500K of funding was secured to restore wetlands in old river oxbows along 0.6 km of riverfront downstream from Richardson Side Road.  Ducks Unlimited Canada is the project lead.  See Oakleigh Wetland Restoration.