Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan

POSTPONEMENT NOTICE

The originally planned April 30 Public Open House is postponed. An in-person Public Open House will be scheduled once it is appropriate to host one. The public comment period will remain open for an extended period after in-person engagement occurs.


Review the Draft Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is pleased to release the draft Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan for public review.

The development of this watershed plan has been a collaborative effort between TRCA, the Region of Durham, Town of Ajax, and City of Pickering. This new watershed plan will help to guide future decision-making in the watershed.


cover page of Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan

The Draft Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan is now available for review.

Please use the online comment form to submit your comments.

For technical analyses completed in support of this watershed planning process, see the Watershed Characterization Reports and Scenario Analysis Technical Reports.

For data files that supported this watershed planning process, see the Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan section on TRCA’s Open Data Portal.


If you have any questions about the draft plan or this process, please email carruthers@trca.ca and a project team member will respond.


Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with the Region of Durham is undertaking an update to the last Watershed Plan for Carruthers Creek, which was completed in 2003.

As we strive to develop a comprehensive watershed plan for the Carruthers Creek watershed, TRCA acknowledges that this watershed planning was undertaken within the traditional territory and treaty lands of the Anishinaabeg of the Williams Treaty First Nations, and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat Nation. As stewards of land and water resources within the Greater Toronto Region, TRCA appreciates and recognizes the history and diversity of the land, as well as our shared values and interests and is respectful of working in this territory.



LATEST NEWS

Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan: Impact of COVID-19 on Public Consultation
At the April 8, 2020 Special Meeting of the Regional Council of Durham, the Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan Update, Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Public Consultation (2020-INFO-28) was received for information. READ MORE.


Why Does the Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan Need an Update?

TRCA will assess changes and impacts which have occurred since 2003 and review the current conditions of the watershed. We will recommend actions to keep the watershed healthy over the long-term.

The new Plan will guide future decision-making for the watershed by the Region of Durham, the City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, TRCA, and watershed residents, neighbours, businesses, and other stakeholders. Watershed Plans do not make decisions about land use.

How Do You Create a Watershed Plan?

TRCA will revisit the Vision and Management Philosophy established for Carruthers Creek watershed in 2003 as a foundation for the new Plan.

Scientists working on the Watershed Plan assess the watershed’s current conditions by studying various features and functions, including groundwater, geology, plants and animals, water quality, and the movement and changes in the stream over time.

Our scientific work will be reviewed by independent experts in each field, to ensure we relied on the best available science and our work is impartial and rigorous.

The resulting Watershed Plan will make recommendations for the protection, restoration, enhancement, and overall management of the watershed over the long term.

Learn more about peer review of the Watershed Plan.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • You can review the Plan’s Draft Management Framework
  • You can join our project email list to learn about our progress.
  • You can send us an email if you have questions or there’s information you’d like to share with our study team.
  • You can follow TRCA on Facebook and Twitter, where updates about the Plan will be posted, and you can see comments from others.

Where is Carruthers Creek Watershed?

Carruthers Creek watershed study area map

OUR PROCESS

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Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) scientists conduct field and desktop research to study the watershed’s current conditions.
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Field research is analysed by TRCA scientists in technical reports which are reviewed by peers.
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Research is integrated to create an overall assessment of the health of Carruthers Creek watershed.
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Stakeholders and the general public are asked for feedback on the original Vision and Management Philosophy.
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Feedback on the original Vision and Management Philosophy is gathered to the end of September. Technical work continues to study and analyse the natural features and functions of the watershed.
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Computer models run scenarios regarding potential land use changes to estimate how the watershed’s natural features and functions may change over time.
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Results of scenario models and other analyses are used to formulate Management Recommendations.
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Stakeholders and the general public are asked for feedback on the draft Management Recommendations.
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Draft Watershed Plan Completion: Recommendations are finalised based on feedback and the Draft Watershed Plan is complete.
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The Draft Watershed Plan is released for public review and the Final Watershed Plan is approved.

QUESTIONS?

Got a question about the Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan? Submit your question here and a project team member will be happy to provide the answer!

  • PLEASE NOTE: Your email address will not be made public.
  • You may unsubscribe at any time by using the link at the bottom of every email, or by contacting the Carruthers Creek Watershed Plan team at carruthers@trca.on.ca | 416.661.6600, or by mailing to 5 Shoreham Drive, Toronto, ON M3N 1S4.

 

PROJECT CONTACT

Cameron Richardson
Senior Project Manager
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Email: carruthers@trca.on.ca