On Saturday, May 27, students from Credit Valley Conservation’s (CVC) Frontline program helped uncover a hidden river buried under their feet as they led a Lost River Walk. More than 30 people from the community joined the walk at Richard’s Memorial Park in Mississauga to bring attention to Lornewood Creek, a local lost river.
The students are participants in CVC’s Frontline program. Frontline is an environmental youth leadership program for students who want to help improve the health of the Credit River watershed. This year’s theme of lost rivers gave Frontline leaders the opportunity to learn about the importance of rivers and what it means when rivers are buried underground. Students also learned about the challenges of stream restoration in an urban setting, stream ecology and the environmental benefits of restoring their natural function.
“This was an important project for our Frontline youth to tackle. They have never hosted a public event and they took on the responsibility with a lot of passion and dedication,” said Keren Bromberg, Senior Coordinator of CVC’s Conservation Youth Corps program. “These students spent a lot of time learning about stream and river ecology. They studied the history of Lornewood Creek and how it became a lost river. This event was a great way for students to get involved, learn about the environment and share their knowledge with the community.”
As part of the program, Frontline youth leaders also learned about stream daylighting, which is when a stream or river is restored from underground to above ground. The environmental benefits of this restoration work are significant. It benefits stream ecology and habitat, reduces pollution, and provides greater water filtration.
Lornewood Creek is located on the shores of Lake Ontario and flows underground through Richard’s Memorial Park in South Mississauga. It was buried and realigned under the rail lines in 1978. CVC has identified Lornewood Creek as having high potential for restoration.
Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Frontline students sharing the history of Lornewood Creek and how it became a lost river
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