The City of Ottawa and the MVCA with support of other agencies and interest groups, including the Friends of the Carp River (FCR), recently completed the Carp River Watershed Plan. This comprehensive resources management plan described the existing biophysical conditions within the watershed, identified current and future stresses limiting the health of the watershed’s natural resources, and established goals and objectives for restoring the watershed ecosystem to a healthy state. The Plan also included implementation recommendations, including a variety of measures aimed at restoring the watercourse and main channel of the Carp River. Key to the success of most of these implementation actions is the commitment of agencies, interest groups and landowners to improving stewardship of the lands and waters in the watershed.
The plan also identified the importance of developing and implementing some demonstration projects that could be used to highlight the many benefits of implementing recommendations of the plan through good stewardship practices. The Carp River Remediation Project provides an excellent example of a demonstration project, as follows:
• The project addresses a reach of the Carp River that is currently in a degraded state
• The project includes multiple objectives to address landowner issues, ecological constraints and public interests
• The project represents a partnership initiative between the FCR and landowners aimed at building relationships and meeting mutually held objectives
Funding for this project was received from the Trillium Fund. In addition, a number of individuals have volunteered time in support of this initiative.
The study area includes a segment of the Carp River downstream (north) of March Road and east of Carp Road, immediately south of the Village of Carp. The easterly boundary is the old CNR rail line and Rivington Street, thus creating a roughly triangular block of land that includes about 1400 m of the Carp River between the March and Carp Road Bridges.
The lands are all privately owned with a number of small landowners along Rivington Street, and large land owners that own the majority of the lands along the river, including all of the river on the westerly side of the river and on the easterly side along the CNR rail line south of where it is crossed by Rivington Street.
The bridges, defining the limits of the Carp River segment, also represent constraints in terms of riverbed elevations and may also currently present flow constraints under infrequent flooding events. From the perspective of the project, project components are designed to replicate hydrologic and sediment transport conditions upstream and downstream of the study area will have no impact on riparian owners in these areas.