The Friends of Medway Creek
• Friends of Medway Creek newsletter – Winter 2014
• Presentation made to the Friends: Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area
In 2008, the Friends of Medway Creek was established to help implement restoration activities and environmental initiatives that improve the health of the Medway Creek watershed. The group includes representatives from the Ontario Archaeology Museum, Thames Valley Trail Association, Township of Lucan Biddulph, and concerned landowners and farmers.
The mission statement of the Friends of Medway Creek is “Community members promoting the protection and improvement of the Medway Creek Watershed.”
Over the next few months, the group will develop an action plan that makes recommendations and identifies top community priorities for restoration work. This strategy will help to target work in high need areas of the watershed.
Minister of the Environment visits Medway Creek watershed to launch Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
- See video below; read welcome by Budd Greene (Friends of Medway Creek)
Ontario’s Environment Minister Jim Bradley, along with the Friends of Medway Creek and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, announced details of funding to buffer Medway Creek through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund in November 2012. Local grade 3/4 students from Holy Cross School in London helped launch the project at a stream restoration site along Medway Creek.
The Medway Creek Community-based Enhancement Strategy identified target areas along the creek where restoration projects will help to improve water quality. The Friends of Medway Creek, with the assistance of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, are implementing the Strategy by working with landowners interested in rehabilitating portions of their land in order to improve water quality in the creek.
Local students are creating buffers of native trees and shrubs along the creek to reduce phosphorus and nutrient loads and improve biodiversity. This project, in turn, will improve water quality in the Thames River and, ultimately, in Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Major algae blooms from excess phosphorus are a critical issue for Lake Erie, and the Thames River contributes 30% of the phosphorus that is coming from Ontario.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provided funds to implement the project.
For More Information
If you would like more information, please contact Julie Welker, Community Partnerships Specialist (phone: 519-451-2800 ext. 255).