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Beckett’s Creek Subwatershed Study

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Study area map [ PDF 848 KB ]

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

Beckett’s Creek Subwatershed Study Information Meeting

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 11:16 am
Last updated: 
Friday, March 1, 2019, 3:00 pm

Dates & Times

Tuesday, December 4, 2018,
4:30 pm to 8:00 pm


R. J. Kennedy Arena, Hall A
1115 Dunning Road
Cumberland, ON K4C 1P6

Attend this information session to find out more about this study scheduled to happen in your community in 2018-2019.

The 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.

By attending residents will be able to speak to City staff, learn more about what the study is about, timelines, and have a chance to provide feedback. Residents can also review regulation limits and hazard land mapping for Beckett’s Creek, prepared by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or email one of the project leads identified below before November 26, 2018.


Amy MacPherson, Planner II
613-580-2424 ext. 14873

As We Heard It

Display Boards [ PDF 848 KB ]

Approximately 45 participants attended the open house to review and discuss the existing environmental conditions of the Beckett’s Creek Subwatershed study area.  The meeting was hosted by the City in cooperation with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, who were presenting the results from the new hazard mapping study and regulation limits for Beckett’s Creek, from Sarsfield Road to the Ottawa River.  

Several issues were identified by local residents for staff’s consideration.  These included road and ditch maintenance, areas of poor drainage, unstable slopes and erosion along the creek valleys, well water quality and quantity, and forest dieback due to Emerald Ash Borer.  Many residents provided local knowledge and feedback on the City’s maps of natural features and watercourses.  Some requested more information about the geology and topography of the study area. 

Staff will consider all information received during the development of the draft subwatershed plan.  Any issues raised that are outside the scope of the study will be forwarded to the appropriate City department for their attention.