CVC helps local farmers bring a buried stream back to life

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Credit Valley Conservation

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August 6, 2019 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Caledon farmers David and Faith Clarkson brought a buried stream back to life. Over 500 meters of stream, valley, wetland and grassland for fish and wildlife were restored.

“There are many opportunities to restore forests, streams, grasslands and wetlands on private property,” says Sherwin Watson-Leung, Program Manager, Aquatic and Wetland Restoration and Management. “CVC experts help landowners like David and Faith enhance nature on their property and see their vision through to reality.”

CVC and the Clarksons rebuilt a stream that was buried in a tile drain pipe many decades ago. Farmers install tile drain pipes to remove excess water from the field. Pipes are good at moving water quickly, but don’t have the same benefits to wildlife as a natural stream. Eventually the drains fail and need to be replaced. Facing this scenario, the Clarksons consulted CVC. Together they determined stream restoration was the more simple, sustainable and low-maintenance option for their farm.

Watch the Clarkson’s stream come to life at

Property owners and farmers are encouraged to contact CVC and consider opportunities on their land to build resilience to climate change and create wildlife habitat. For more information contact us at or 1-800-668-5557 ext. 430.

Learn more about the Clarkson’s story at

Photo: David and Faith Clarkson bring a buried stream back to life

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.


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