Second Marsh Watershed Stewardship
Second Marsh Watershed Stewardship Program aims to improve water
quality and fish and wildlife habitat in the creek systems that
feed into Second Marsh. The Marsh, located at the bottom of a 101
km squared watershed, is fed by three main stream systems, Harmony Creek,
Farewell Creek, and Black Creek. These creek systems are supplied
by waters from the Oak Ridges Moraine and meander through urban, rural
and developing lands. It is the health of these creeks that determines
the overall health of Second Marsh.
Through a number of programs, Friends works to
protect and enhance the Second Marsh Watershed by:
Renaturalizing stream banks and riparian zones.
Reducing pollution input.
Reducing erosion and other impacts of storm
Increasing community awareness of the connection
between human activities and the health of our streams and Second
Friends of Second Marsh would like to extend a special
thank-you to the following funders for their continued financial
support of the Stewardship Program:
Stewardship is most effective when it is a community
affair. By encouraging the voluntary participation by a wide scope
of groups and individuals, Friends of Second Marsh is building an
understanding of watershed ecology and a sense of ownership of the
watershed. This ownership in turn cultivates stewardship.
Both short and long-term partnerships are the
mainstay of our watershed stewardship program. We are grateful to
the many individuals, government agencies, nonprofit organizations,
schools, community groups, businesses, and philanthropic associations
that have provided Friends with the muscle, talent, supplies and
finances needed to improve the watershed.
The vision for the future of Second Marsh Watershed
Stewardship Program includes the following goals:
- Encourage long-term stewardship of private
Restoration of streambank and riparian habitat
through re-vegetation projects on municipal lands.
Water quality awareness through projects
such as storm drain marking.
Reducing storm sewer runoff through education
and rain barrel programs.
- The creation of stewardship programs for
For more information about the Stewardship Project
please phone (905) 723-5047.