Blue Halos and Building Nests – 2021 West Credit River Brook Trout spawn. Photo Credit: Steve Noakes of Trout Unlimited Canada – Greg Clark Chapter.
Happy Earth Day Everyone
Today the Coalition for the West Credit River is celebrating the launch of our new Blog.
We would also like to tell you about: Monitoring and Mitigation Success Thank You to So Fly
Our Blog will explain in simple terms important decisions, studies, issues and concerns associated with the Town of Erin’s Wastewaster Treatment Plant. It will be home to a variety of reports and key documents relevant to the Coalition’s work to protect the West Credit River and its sensitive native Brook Trout population.
At full build-out, the Plant will discharge 7,172,200 liters of sewage effluent daily into the West Credit River. Some of the most productive Brook Trout populations are downstream of the outflow pipe. This places Brook Trout at risk, as they are a highly sensitive coldwater species that rely on cool pristine waters and natural wild spaces for their survival.
Small streams fed by groundwater provide the West Credit River with cold clean water in the summer, Brook Trout spawning locations in the fall and fry habitat in the early spring. Photo Credit: Steve Noakes of Trout Unlimited Canada – Greg Clark Chapter.
Monitoring and Mitigation Success
Last summer the Coalition’s technical team undertook comprehensive effluent temperature monitoring of several wastewater treatment plants and have shared that data with the regulatory agencies.
The Coalition has worked with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks and Peel Region over the winter to press our draft Adaptive Management Plan recommendations for key mitigation and monitoring measures that will be included in the Environmental Compliance Approval.
We are pleased to announce success, as almost all of our asks will be implemented! The data we collected last summer was key to our success. Some of this information is available on our Blog and more will be posted in the coming weeks.
The plant has not yet entered the construction phase as the Town of Erin is working through the permitting and environmental compliance process.
Examples of temperature loggers used by the Coalition to record stream and wastewater effluent temperatures in the summer of 2021.
Thank You To SoFly
The Coalition would like to thank the SoFly Crew for hosting the First Annual Trout Opener Social. Proceeds from the fundraiser were donated to the Coalition and will go towards protecting Brook Trout in the West Credit River.
Thank you for remembering the West Credit River and for your continued support of the Coalition.
Happy Earth Day,
Judy Mabee, Chair, Coalition for the West Credit River
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