Following an extensive Environmental Assessment and countless mapping and hydrology exercises, the Hamilton Conservation Authority is ready to start work on designing a new wetland at the Saltfleet Conservation Area along Battlefield Creek. Design work for that wetland can now proceed thanks to a generous grant of $100,000 from the RBC Foundation.
The wetland, planned for a stretch of Battlefield Creek near First Road in Stoney Creek recently acquired by the Hamilton Conservation Authority, is expected to provide a long list of community benefits. It is expected to provide much-needed relief from flooding and erosion downstream and dramatically boost the ecological productivity of the east end of the Hamilton watershed.
With this donation, the RBC Foundation has reached a milestone in their support for the Hamilton Conservation Foundation. The donation will see the RBC Foundation recognized at the $250,000-499,999 – Benefactor of Conservation level on the Foundation’s donor wall and at our upcoming Appreciation Day.
The aging 1.7 km boardwalk, part of a larger 11.5 km multi-use trail, had increasing safety and accessibility concerns which threatened to limit community access to the Vinemount South Swamp.
With a pledge of $200,000 over two years, ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s donation will ensure that the boardwalk is rebuilt and improved for a new generation of trail users. Work has already begun over the winter months to put this donation to work.
The funding is especially timely given that the trail will link the Vinemount South Swamp with the Saltfleet Conservation Area. The new Conservation Area is part of a 10-year project which seeks to create the largest urban wetland in Canada and help reduce the impact of heavy rains on lower Stoney Creek.
A new set of habitat improvements to Lower Spencer Creek, undertaken in 2018, has already begun to improve the ecological productivity of the creek system. A donation from the Hamilton Port Authority will help educate visitors about the benefits of the little-known project.
To anyone hiking along the Lower Spencer Creek Rail Trail near Cootes Drive, the improvements are hard to notice, let alone understand. The salmon, walleye and other species that use the creek, however, see things a little differently. With riffle pools, brush layering and boulder clusters, the creek now boasts a number of features these species need in order to forage, spawn and thrive.
Thanks to the Hamilton Port Authority, two panels will be installed along the trail to explain just how these habitat improvements will impact Lower Spencer Creek, Cootes Paradise and the larger Hamilton Harbour ecosystem.