Sheridan Creek originates in the industrial lands north of the QEW, flows southeast through the study area and ultimately discharges to Rattray Marsh and Lake Ontario further southeast. This section of Sheridan Creek, which spans 700 metres, is channelized with many areas being concrete-lined approximately 40 to 50 years ago.
The concrete channel and gabion baskets are no longer functioning as designed, posing a risk to infrastructure and the environment. Excessive erosion has led to some of the following impacts: bank and valley wall destruction; slumping of gabion banks; and elevated storm sewer outfalls.
Through the City’s ongoing erosion monitoring program, this section of Sheridan Creek has been identified as requiring rehabilitation.
The main goal of this project is to mitigate the existing erosion problems and ensure long-term stability of the creek using natural design techniques, where feasible, while also protecting or enhancing the existing environment within the study area.
- Improves the stability and environmental health of the watercourse
- Maintains or improves the hydraulic capacity of the creek, and protects nearby property and infrastructure
- Improves fish habitat and fish passage
- Provides an opportunity for the planting of native species, and enhancing wildlife habitat where feasible