Pike Creek Restoration Project
In the mid-1980’s, a stretch of Pike Creek was buried in a tile drain. In 2011, Pike Creek was engineered to restore an ecologically functional waterway, improving water quality and habitat. In partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Haldimand Stewardship Council worked with landowners and consultants to restore a permanent connection between the Grand River along these reaches and reconnect the upstream portions of Pike Creek.
Thanks to funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Ontario Agreement, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Environment, Haldimand County and the Grand River Conservation Authority, we were able to complete both phases of this project in the summer of 2011.
A new 1 kilometre-long naturalized channel and two wetlands (complete with sunning logs and sand beds for nesting turtles) have been created. It didn't take long for frogs to move in and lay eggs and soon after that there were minnows in the new channel.
The Ontario Stewardship Rangers helped by transplanting wetland plants and collecting and scattering wetland seeds along the new channel in August 2011 and the Trailblazer class from Dunnville Secondary School helped by scattering native wetland seeds along the channel in early March 2012.
Post-restoration fish population assessments were also completed in 2012 and 2014.