Care about the water quality, wildlife and natural environment of the One Mile Creek watershed in Old Town in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario.
Resources for landowners in Niagara on the Lake
The Landowner Stewardship Guide developed especially for residents living within the One Mile Creek watershed in Niagara-on-the-Lake provides information about the watershed, how your actions can impact the environment, and gives suggestions for better environmental decision making. Get a free PDF download.
Plants of southern Ontario forests are not only beautiful, but essential to maintaining the diversity and health of our forests. A new guide available for free download makes it easy to identify native woodland plants of the Niagara Peninsula watershed.
Suggestions for plants to be grown on the banks of One Mile Creek. Called a riparian buffer, the plants improve water quality by slowing the flow of water over the land, allowing it to infiltrate into the soil. Buffers also provide habitat, increasing biodiversity. The vegetation removes sediment and pollution, such as fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria and even road salt.
We have a tradition in Niagara on the Lake of private landowners taking efforts to further natural conservation. If you have a property adjacent to One Mile Creek, there are some simple but effective ways to help improve water quality.
activities of friends of one mile creek
The large buffer/pollinator garden at the top of the hill abutting One Mile Creek on the public land at 433 William Street was planted starting in 2012 and is looking spectacular in 2021. The area that today is a public park was the town dump in the 1940s.
The proposal by developer Benny Marotta for intense subdivision development on the land behind the Rand Estate on John Street increases the potential for flooding of One Mile Creek as it winds through Old Town in Niagara on the Lake. Friends of One Mile Creek (FOMC) made two presentations to raise concerns about the plans for water management in a five-hour Town Council Public Meeting on July 14.
The Friends of One Mile Creek (FOMC) annual activity report and financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2021, were approved by the directors and by a vote of Stewards on May 31, 2021.
News about natural conservation in Niagara
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) will start July 5 with forest and stream rehabilitation at the Two Mile Creek Conservation Area in Niagara-on-the-Lake that is accessed at the end of Butler Street and from the Garrison Village neighbourhood. The work will remove dead ash trees and creek debris, plant new native trees to provide ecosystem diversity and ensure trail user safety.
For the past several years, a detailed process has been underway by the regional government in Niagara to put in place a new Official Plan that will define how the Niagara Region will use available land over the next 30 years for physical, economic and social development.
In late March 2021, the Niagara Regional Council voted to support the idea of a Ramsar designation of the Niagara River, under the 1971 Ramsar Convention, with a designation as a wetland of international importance.