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Laurel Creek Citizens' Working Group

A group of people planting trees by a stream

Laurel Creek Citizens' Working Group logoThe Laurel Creek Citizens' working group is a vibrant group of adult volunteers that work in collaboration with the City of Waterloo to provide educational experiences relating to local streams and stream stewardship activities for the community.

Get involved in stream stewardship activities

The Laurel Creek Citizens' working group offers many stream stewardship activities each year from May to October that you can participate in. Drop in and lend a hand to plant trees, pick up litter or rehabilitate a stream. View this handout for more information on participating in stream stewardship activities.

Wetland transplanting

Date/time:       Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. - noon
Location:        Churchill SWM pond / Keats Way Woods (park entrance between 128 & 130 Reiber Crt)

Invasive plant species removal (Japanese knotweed)

Date/time:       Thursday evening's in 2018: June 14 and Sept 20 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location:         Westvale Park - Area A)  trail entrance at 512 & 514 Appledale
                         Area B) greenspace east of 484 Appledale Cres

Community shrub and wildflower planting

This small planting event will involve the planting of 120 native shrubs and 150 native wildflowers along the creek channel to provide bank stability, shade to the creek and create native pollinator habitat. LCCWG members will be on hand to demonstrate basic water sampling techniques to determine water quality through the Earth ECHO Water Challenge.

To participate, register on the Community Planting webpage .
Date/time:       Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. - noon
Location:         Northfield Pond off Frobischer Dr & McMurray Rd, Waterloo

Stream clean-up

Put on some waders (provided) or wear your own rubber boots as we sweep through a section of Laurel Creek to remove litter.
Date/time:       Saturday, September 29 2018 from 9 a.m. - noon
Location:         Waterloo Park - meet at Bauer parking lot off Father David Bauer Dr, across from Complex

Event details:
- Wear closed-toe footwear / refreshments, hand tools, waders & gloves provided by the City of Waterloo
- Geared to ages 14 years and up; youth must be supervised by the participating adult parent or guardian
- Events will be cancelled in the event of a thunderstorm or high water levels
- Signup online to reserve your spot; for groups over 10 participants, please email us: 

Visit the group at local environmental events to learn about the creatures that live in our streams and how to keep our surface water clean. View their annual spring newsletter  for details on up-coming events.  Sign-up online or complete this form to receive the newsletter and email notifications one week prior to each stream stewardship activity.

Volunteer opportunities

The City of Waterloo seeks adult volunteers on the working group to help plan and deliver stewardship and educational experiences for the community. Consider joining this working group to assist with the following:

  • participate in meetings on the second Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • co-ordinate and lead fun, hands-on aquatic activities at local events to educate youth and adults
  • deliver stream stewardship activities generally on a Saturday morning once per month from May to October

For more information, download the working group's terms of reference and volunteer position description.

Opportunities to volunteer on the Laurel Creek Citizens' Working Group take place in January of each year.

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