The West Credit River is home to one of the few remaining self-sustaining native Brook Trout populations in Southern Ontario. This thriving population is at risk from imminent discharge of sewage-effluent from the impending Town of Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Once this discharge begins, the fishery and accompanying aquatic life will be stressed and their life cycles impacted. Brook Trout are the “canary in the coal mine”. They are a highly sensitive cold-water species, and their survival relies on stream temperatures no greater than 19oC – 20oC for any sustained period of time.
We are greatly concerned about losing this sensitive habitat and its biodiversity. The river is located in a UNESCO Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, situated in the Greenbelt.
With your support to date, we have been able to successfully:
- Submit a Designation Request which called for a Federal Environmental Review of the Erin WWTP.
- Funded an Inground Infiltration Study that presented an alternative to directly discharging effluent into the West Credit River.
- Deployed over 25 temperature data loggers into effluent discharge at five Southern Ontario WWTPs. The data collected was used to advocate for changes to the Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for the Town of Erin’s WWTP.
- Raised awareness about damage to fish habitat on private lands in an Environmental Protected Area (EPA).
Please donate today to help save the West Credit River!