The Beckett’s Creek Subwatershed Study will examine the existing conditions of the area and identify any needed actions to improve its environmental health and condition over the long term.
The study will examine the Beckett’s Creek subwatershed as well as three small adjacent subwatersheds drained by unnamed tributaries to the Ottawa River. The study area includes the eastern part of the Village of Cumberland and large tracts of rural estate development adjacent to that Village, as well as part of the Village of Sarsfield, all of which are privately serviced. Crop farming is the predominant land use in the study area, followed by natural areas (woodlands, wetlands and valleylands).
The study will provide an overview of the existing environmental conditions within the study area, using available background information along with previously completed field investigations to confirm the subwatershed boundaries, drainage patterns, aquatic habitat conditions, and presence and general condition of natural heritage system features. Updated floodplain and other regulatory mapping recently completed by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) will be incorporated into this study.
The study will explore:
- What is the existing state of the natural environment within the subwatershed?
- What are the significant natural features and linkages within the subwatershed that need to be conserved?
- What are the potential impacts of existing and future land use activities?
- What measures or activities can be implemented to effectively address these impacts?
- What are the opportunities to restore and enhance the natural system and promote compatible uses?
City staff will use this information to formulate the subwatershed plan.
Public engagement opportunities
We encourage residents to provide feedback during key stages of the project:
December 2018 Project launch / discussion of existing conditions
Fall 2019 Recommendations developed for the subwatershed plan
Spring 2020 Subwatershed study presented to Committee and Council for approval
To request more information, or have your name added to the mailing list, please contact:
Amy MacPherson, Planner II
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 14873