NBMCA Assessing Chippewa Creek for Channel Repairs

Oct 23, 2018 - NBMCA in conjunction with the City of North Bay, is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to address long term erosion and bank instability along Chippewa Creek near Oak St.

The Chippewa Creek Erosion Control Study, completed in 2015, identified 10 high priority sites along Chippewa Creek where repairs are needed.

"The stretch of the creek near Oak St. was identified as priority site #1 in the Erosion Control Study.  The channel is degrading and needs to be addressed in order to protect the integrity of the channel, private property and public infrastructure," said Brian Tayler, NBMCA CAO.

Once the overall deficiencies and surrounding environment are better understood through background investigations and technical assessments, a set of alternative solutions will be evaluated and presented to interested stakeholders at a Public Open House set for November 8, 2018 at the NBMCA offices, 15 Janey Ave. from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

This Class EA is being undertaken as a Remedial Flood and Erosion Control Project under the Environmental Assessment Act.  The study area includes the creek from Main St. to the railway bridge upstream of Stanley St.

As part of the Class EA process, an evaluation of alternative solutions will be made as well as an assessment of the potential environmental effects. Mitigation measures will also be identified for potential adverse impacts of the proposed solutions.  The Class EA process will take into account adjacent private properties, aquatic habitat concerns, future operations and maintenance, aesthetics, safety, and social and recreational uses.

"Any potential changes to the creek bank which may result in the removal and/or replacement of two bridge structures in this reach of the creek will be addressed in the study.  Once we receive the report and know what needs to be done to resolve the issues, the next step will be to secure the funds to complete the recommended work, added Tayler.

The final report for the Class EA will be completed and available for a 30-day public review and comment in February 2019.  Water's Edge Environmental Solutions is conducting the Class EA and study for NBMCA.  It is funded by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry through the Water and Erosion Control Infrastructure Program, the City of North Bay and NBMCA.  The project budget is $128,000. 

For more information:
Brian Tayler, NBMCA CAO 705-474-5420
Sue Buckle, Manager Communications and Outreach 705-474-5420