Desbarats

Stobie Creek Rehabilitation

Stobie Creek Rehabilitation
If you travel Highway 17 east of Desbarats, you may have noticed the new fencing installed along the Stobie Creek recently.

Karhi Contracting installs new fencing.
Karhi Contracting installs new fencing.
photo by Carter Dorscht
This is part of the Stobie Creek Rehabilitation Project organized by The Kensington Conservancy, with the primary goal to control sediment, stabilize stream banks and control the loss of land surrounding the creek due to erosion. 

This creek flows from Gibboney Lake south into Lake Huron, through mainly agricultural land and the southern end of the creek is designated as Provincially Significant Wetland in Ontario.

In 2014, the conservancy received a Trillium Foundation grant to retain Tulloch Environmental and prepare a Rehabilitation and Enhancement Strategy for a 2.4 km stretch of the Stobie Creek.

Through the grant, the Kensington Conservancy obtained the services of the Manitoulin Stream Improvement Association in an advisory capacity.  The not-for-profit group rehabilitates streams, river and creeks on Manitoulin Island.

Paul Pellerin volunteered to build the platform and helped install it.
Paul Pellerin volunteered to build the platform and helped install it.
photo by Carter Dorscht
With the remaining Trillium funding, Karhi Contracting was hired to install fencing down both sides of the creek, to keep the cattle out and install nose pumps, so they could still access fresh water. Land Stewardship Coordinator Carter Dorscht explains, “The cattle have an alternate source of water in the winter, so it was decided to only install one nose pump at this time". Three additional nose pumps will be installed in the spring.

The next step in the project will be trying to secure funding to plant trees and shrubs in the riparian zones, to help stabilize the creek banks. 

The conservancy will be actively seeking volunteers in the spring to help with this project. Anyone interested can contact Carter at 705-782-2200 carterdorscht.tkc@gmail.com