The Taylor Massey Project
Like A10, Underwriters has its strengths and weaknesses. The biggest
strength is that the City acquired the lands near the Creek in the
nineties, including the railway alignment that provides excellent
trail surface. Weaknesses are that the reach is narrow, the watercourse
deeply eroded, water quality very poor, and the southern sections
are in trapezoidal concrete channels.
Access from Lawrence cannot be made at Crockford. Walk east a bit,
and access the reach through the vacant lot or via the parking lot
of the plaza. In spite of the weaknesses described above, the walk
is pleasant, and connects to an E-W trail in the Gatineau Hydro
- This is a mostly industrial reach, with really poor water quality,
thanks to 5 stormwater outfalls with no treatment. Improved corporate
best management practices are a must for this area, especially
for the businesses on the west side of Crockford. Many back on
to the Creek, and have illegally extended parking lots and garbage
tossed onto the publicly-owned creek-bank.
- The TMP suggests WWF consider options to raise the creek-bed,
complemented with the establishment of an extensive community
of aquatic plants to improve water quality.
- South of Bertrand, encroachment onto public lands must be stopped,
and options developed to rehabilitate the concrete channel.
- While local scouts have done clean-ups and plantings in the
past, Underwriters Laboratories Canada, Toronto Hydro Corporation,
and LEAF worked with the TMP in a first-ever corporate planting
in 2004, with over 150 volunteers planting almost 300 pieces of
- Contact us at Eco@theTMP.org
if you want to help.
Sub-reach Photos (2002)