Past Projects

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  • Image by Jean De Bruyn
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  • Image by Jean De Bruyn
  • Image by Jean De Bruyn
  • Image by Jean De Bruyn

Past Projects

The RWC has undertaken several successful initiatives including Operation Farm Sweep, an agricultural pesticide hazardous waste day which encouraged farmers to turn in any unwanted agricultural pesticides free of charge. Our Take a little Lead Out! program has diverted over 200 kg (441 lbs.) of toxic lead fishing weights from the water by encouraging fishermen to replace their toxic lead fishing tackle with free non-toxic alternatives. Other accomplishments include the establishment
of 5 acres of native Carolinian woodland habitat, the erection of a bald eagle nesting platform, and the construction of hundreds of bird boxes by local school children through various Building for the Birds workshops. Other achievements include the removal of approximately 18 ½ tonnes of garbage from Rondeau Bay through semi-annual Clean Ups, the implementation of the Yellow Fish Road Storm Drain Marking Program, and Operation Loosestrife, a purple loosestrife awareness program. A more recent success has been the establishment of native tree nurseries at two local elementary schools, and the planting of 2,400 native trees and shrubs through the Chatham-Kent Roadside Corridors Project.

-Establishment of Carolinian Arboretum at Nicholson Park in Blenheim as part of the Naturalizing Public Spaces Initiative. A 30 tree arboretum was established in 2007, with the help of local school children. The Naturalizing Public Spaces Initiative is a multi-year project that began in 2005 with Trillium Foundation (OTF) funding. In 2005 and 2006 the RWC installed a 3 acre Tall grass prairie at the Talbot Treed Improvement Area (Hwy. 3 / Kent Bridge Rd.), and a 1 acre wet prairie at the Blenheim Storm Water Management Pond. An acre of native dune seed was also installed at the Laverne Kelly Memorial Park in Erieau as part of this project. All sites above also saw the installation of educational signs along with each planting. This OTF grant also funded the production of a Watershed poster in 2006.

-In 2007 a native wildflower demonstration Butterfly Garden was installed at the LKMP, Erieau, in partnership with the Blenheim Horticultural Society and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

-Founding member of Chatham-Kent Children’s Water Festival. The RWC sits on the Water Festival Steering Committee and was responsible for obtaining Trillium Foundation funding for the first 2 years of the Festival (2007 + 2008).

-The RWC is currently working with Stewardship-Kent and the MNR, the Friends of Rondeau, and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent on the Laverne Kelly Memorial Park Dune Project. This project hopes to see the completion of a 250 ft. boardwalk, the installation of public educational signage encouraging park users the importance of ‘Staying on the Trails’, and the planting of native several acres of native dune species.

-Naturalizing Public Spaces, proposed 2008: Maple Leaf Cemetery (1.5 acre Tall grass prairie) and Nicholson Park (100 native trees), in partnership with LTVCA and C-K.

Chatham-Kent Roadside Corridors

With the help of our volunteers, partners and sponsors, the RWC is planting thousands of trees along roadsides in Chatham-Kent.

Take a little Lead Out!…

The Take a little Lead Out! program encourages fishermen to exchange their toxic lead fishing sinkers and jigs for free non-toxic bismuth and tin replacements. To date over 225 kg of toxic lead has been collected.

Carolinian Habitat Restoration Initiative…

To encourage farmers to re-establish native woodland communities, the Rondeau Watershed Coalition (as the Rondeau Bay Watershed Rehabilitation Program) offered rural landowners in the Rondeau Bay watershed and adjacent areas native Carolinian trees and shrubs on a buy one get two free basis.

Re-Green Chatham-Kent…

Re-Green Chatham-Kent encouraged everyone in the municipality to plant Carolinian trees and shrubs, including those who were ineligible to participate in the Carolinian Habitat Restoration Initiative.

Rondeau Bay Rejuvenation Clean-up Events…

To date volunteers, including SCUBA divers, have collected over 20 tonnes of garbage from the Rondeau Bay shoreline and channel.

Bio-engineered Stream Restoration…

The Rondeau Watershed Coaltion (as the Rondeau Bay Watershed Rehabilitation Program) implemented the first stream bio-engineering project in the area to restore bank stability and stream-side vegetation to a watercourse that had been degraded by previous drainage works and cattle access.

Bio-control of Purple Loosestrife…

Galerucella beetles have been released in two locations. Monitoring will determine their ability to biologically control the spread of Purple Loosestrife, an invasive, exotic species.

Comprehensive Purple Loosestrife Awareness Program…

A public awareness program warned people of the threat that Purple Loosestrife poses to native wetlands.

Yellow Fish Road Storm Drain Marking Project…

Blenheim and Ridgetown elementary school students painted yellow fish symbols beside storm sewer drains and handed out flyers to local households and businesses raising awareness about the detriments of improper household hazardous waste disposal.

Bluebird Nest Box Construction and Placement…

Landowners with suitable habitat were invited to erect and monitor Bluebird nesting boxes constructed by local students.

Bald Eagle Nesting Platform…

A Bald Eagle nesting platform was installed at a private sanctuary at the north end of Rondeau Bay to attract a pair of birds to this otherwise suitable location.

Carolinian Canada Natural Heritage Educational Program…

A landowner contact program was conducted in the Sinclair’s Bush Area of Natural and Scientific Interest and Rondeau Bay’s class 1, provincially significant marshes to encourage natural heritage stewardship and provide landowners with contacts needed to assist them.

Prairie Restoration Opportunities…

Research was undertaken to determine the practicality of using native prairie seed mixes in grassed waterways and buffer strips.

Monitoring Programs…

Monitoring of Marsh and Amphibian Monitoring Routes, Back Yard Frog and Forest Bird Monitoring Stations, Bluebird Nest Boxes, successional habitats and water quality provides a baseline of information prior to restoration and an on-going way of measuring RWCsuccesses.

Operation Farm Sweep…

An Agricultural Pesticide Collection Day was hosted on November 20, 1999. Chatham-Kent farmers are encouraged to bring in banned, de-registered, inactive or otherwise unwanted agricultural pesticides for proper disposal. This was a ONE-TIME ONLY event …and ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

Some of our past major program partners and supporters: