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Media Release: Putting the ‘Blue’ Back in the ‘Green’ City

GUELPH –On September 10th, with the sounds of a jackhammer hammering in the background, the Hanlon Creek monitoring weir was removed within Preservation Park in the City of Guelph. The motivation behind the removal of the weir was multi-purpose. The project objectives were to remove the weir to improve the ability of fish to migrate upstream, while simultaneously lowering the upstream water level, which will narrow the channel and result in cooler stream temperatures.

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Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project – Complete

It’s done – the barrier to fish passage has been removed.

I’m happy to report that the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project was completed today!!  The middle portion of the weir has been removed and the stream bed rehabilitated.  Brook Trout are now able to access an additional 3.6 km of coldwater habitat and the stream has been made more resilient to a warming climate.

Warm thanks to all our volunteers and supporters for your generosity and caring!

A great article in the 8 September 2019 edition of the Guelph Today:
Community fills 3-tonnes of sandbags to kick start the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal project

 



Only 1 week left in the Hanlon Creek Crowd Funding Campaign

MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 24 July 2019 

Only 1 week left in the Hanlon Creek Crowd Funding Campaign

GUELPH – We need your help to raise enough dollars to move forward on the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project.  So far, we have raised $2,725 but we must reach our goal of $10,000 by the 31stof July to schedule decommissioning for September of this year.

We have two incredible perks to be offered at the close of the Campaign when a 1st and 2ndplace winner will be drawn.  For every $25 donated a ballot will be entered into the draw in the donor’s name.  For more details or to donate check out our campaign page here: https://chuffed.org/project/hanlon-creek-weir-project-phase-ii Continue reading


Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project – Phase II, Guelph – crowd funding campaign

GUELPH – The Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA), Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC), Canadian Wildlife Federation, and four other partners are announcing Phase II of the Hanlon Creek Crowd Funding Campaign.  We are looking to raise $10,000 by the 31stof July. The funds are required to pay for the weir modification and river rehabilitation work, scheduled to take place in September of this year.  “We have a very short time-line and need your help to reach our fundraising goal”, said Alex Meeker, Ontario Provincial Biologist with TUC.

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Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project – Phase I

MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 28 February 2019

Hanlon Creek Weir Project – Guelph

GUELPH – The Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) has only a few days left on a crowd funding Campaign looking to raise $2,050 for the Hanlon Creek Weir Project. We need your help to reach our goal by the 4th of March!  Donations will go towards the design work and permitting in this critical first phase of the Project.

An amazing original acrylic painting by Sydney Campbell, will go to the person making the largest donation.  All donations are welcome and will help move this important project forward.  Please go to this link to take part:  https://chuffed.org/project/hanlon-creek-weir-project

Hanlon Creek is a coldwater Brook Trout stream, with its headwaters rising within the City of Guelph, and the Hanlon Creek weir was built in 1972 to measure stream flow.  The Grand River Fisheries Management Plan identified issues and management strategies to improve the coldwater tributaries of the Speed River Basin, which includes the Hanlon Creek.

The problem is that the Hanlon Creek weir is a barrier to fish passage, it interferes with sediment transport and causes upstream ponding which results in increased surface water that warms in the sun.  This warming of the creek has negative impacts on the Brook Trout that require clear, cool waters below 24°C.

ORA and partners have a plan to mitigate this issue by removing a centre portion of the weir to lower the upstream water level.  This will narrow the channel, resulting in cooler stream temperatures and improved Brook Trout habitat.  Most importantly, it will improve the fishery’s resiliency to climate change.

Our partners in this project are the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, Grand River Conservation Authority, Trout Unlimited Canada, City of Guelph, in consultation with the Grand River Fisheries Management Plan Implementation Committee.   Each partner has taken on a portion of the responsibility for bringing this Project to completion.  ORA has taken on the challenge of raising the amount required for these crucial first steps of the Project.

“ORA is reaching out to the public at this critical first phase of the Project, where up-front funds are required to complete the engineered design and pay for a key regulatory permit, so all donations are appreciated”, said Linda Heron, Chair of the ORA.

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The Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) is a Not-for-Profit grassroots organization acting as a voice for several stewardships, associations, private and Indigenous members who have come together to protect, conserve and restore healthy river ecosystems.

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Linda Heron
Chair, Ontario Rivers Alliance
OntarioRiversAlliance.ca  Tel: (705) 561-9027