Guelph updating 25-year-old Clythe Creek study

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Updating a 1997 study on Guelph’s Clythe Creek sub-watershed will help the city make decisions on:

  • planned land use intensification;
  • the Clythe Water Treatment Plant and Booster Pumping Station project;
  • stormwater management improvements; and
  • the widening of York Road between Victoria Road South, east to the city limit, and the realignment of Clythe Creek south of York Road to its confluence with the Eramosa River.

“Major land use changes have taken place in this area over the last 25 years,” Leah Lefler, environmental planner, planning and building services said in a statement. “We’re committed to protecting our natural resources, and the city needs up-to-date information to make sure that proposed development plans won’t negatively impact the Clythe Creek sub-watershed and will ideally make the subwatershed healthier.”

Guelph is part of the Grand River watershed. All water in Guelph eventually drains to the Grand River and outlets to Lake Erie. A sub-watershed is a catchment that drains within a larger watershed. The Clythe Creek subwatershed includes Clythe, Hadati and Watson creeks in the east end of Guelph. These creeks drain to the Eramosa River and Speed River before reaching the Grand River. The Clythe Creek subwatershed also extends into Guelph/Eramosa Township in Wellington County.

The updated plan will be implemented into the policies of Guelph’s Official Plan and support City-wide master plans such as the Stormwater Management Master Plan and the Water Supply Master Plan.


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