Restoration is a key component in improving sensitive waterways like Junction Creek. By using the results obtained from ongoing research, the stewardship committee is able to determine what areas of the creek are in need of attention. Our staff, board members, and volunteers work together on these at risk areas with the long term goal of restoring both beauty and function to the Junction Creek ecosystem.
To date, The Junction Creek Stewardship Committee with the help of thousands of volunteers has removed over 84,000kg of garbage from the creek. We find anything from shopping carts, couches, appliances and even parts of cars!
We have planted over 38,000 native trees throughout the watershed. Although we plant trees everywhere in the watershed there is a specific focus on riparian restoration. The riparian habitat includes the banks of the creek and the surrounding land along the waterway, and acts as a buffer between the stream and adjacent land use. Restoring vegetation along this area, by planting native trees and shrubs, provides multiple benefits to local ecosystems as well as the community. They offer habitat, food and shade for local wildlife, they retain precipitation and act as carbon sinks to mitigate flooding and climate change, roots stabilize the shore and act as natural filters for runoff entering the stream, and they provide beauty and tranquility to the trails and neighbourhood.
Invasive Species Removal
Invasive species are a significant threat to biodiversity as they out-compete native plant and animal species. The stewardship committee conducts surveys to monitor invasive species in the Junction Creek watershed and collaborates with local community groups to assist in invasive species removal and management. We aim to gain a better understanding of the extent of their impact on our native ecosystems, and develop effective management strategies to help conserve native biodiversity in Junction Creek.