New Waterfront Conservation Area Continues to Take Shape
Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project Update
We’re making great progress towards creating our new 26-hectare conservation area on the Mississauga waterfront. Together with The Region of Peel and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority we’re well into the second year of construction and restoration. We’re building a beautiful and naturalized conservation area that will transform the Lakeview neighbourhood into a hub for waterfront recreation, a hotspot for wildlife migration and a green oasis in the heart of the city.
What we’re working towards:
- Since the restoration process started in the fall of 2016, we’ve created 6.63 hectares (66,300 square metres) of new conservation land in an area of the waterfront that saw years of environmental destruction from near-shore stone mining and utility use. That puts us at roughly 25 per cent of the total land base for the new conservation area.
- We’ve restored the western portion of the new Serson Creek wetland that will provide valuable fish habitat and wildlife viewing opportunities for visitors. We planted almost 1000 native trees and shrubs last fall around the wetland pocket and are on track to start planting native wetland plants in June.
- We have responsibly reused more than 379,900 cubic metres of fill, the majority of which comes from Region of Peel capital works projects. We treat this material as a valued resource to enhance the local environment and improve our waterfront. This keeps thousands of trucks from driving long distances to northern municipalities that accept fill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- We’ve responsibly reused more than 11,440 loads of clean rubble on the site to date.
- By July we will restore a new river channel to connect Serson Creek to Lake Ontario. Serson Creek is currently buried in a pipe underground. This move will allow fish to access the creek for the first time in decades.
Recognizing our strongest champion:
Sadly, Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey passed away on January 15, 2018. He was the driving force behind the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project. We lost our strongest voice for change along the Mississauga waterfront. The new conservation area will be a testament to Councillor Jim Tovey’s lasting legacy of environmental action on the waterfront.
To recognize his pivotal role in the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project, the Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors has called for the new conservation area to be named after Councillor Tovey. The final name will reflect further consultation with the Tovey family, project partners and the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Community Liaison Committee.