The Curity Ravine
The Taylor Massey Project
The upper section of the Curity Ravine, between Curity and St Clair,
is gentle, well-treed, and suitable for a short hike. Mysteriously,
you'll find no water flowing from the surrounding neighbourhoods
through this area, as it appears to have been routed to local storm
The lower section has four key features:
- Access from the south side of St Clair is dangerous and should
- Access from Taylor Massey Creek is blocked after about 300 metres
by a large, sensitive wetland that should not be trampled
- The resulting isolation of most of the southern section between
St Clair and the wetland has caused it to become, in the words
of a 2002 report to the City, as simply "the highest quality
wildlife habitat"; and
- The water that should be trinkling into and through the upper
section of the Ravine pours into the lower section right below
St Clair, scouring the creek bottom, eroding the banks downstream,
and exposing sewer maintenance holes.
These four features will present conflicting challenges to the
future well-being of the Ravine.
- The TMP hopes that some above-ground flow can be restored between
Curity and St Clair.
- We also hope that Wet Weather Flow adjustments will reduce storm-flow
volumes and address the extensive erosion problems downstream
from of St Clair.
- Protocols must be developed so that any intrusion of construction
equipment into the ravine to address WWF issues do not do more
harm than they attempt to redress
- Natural heritage inventories should be taken before and after
WWF, and should be maintained to ensure non-native species don't
get a foothold in the ravine
- Owners of private property located along the ravine are asked
to protect against the discharge of water, litter, and the seeds
from non-native species from their property into the ravine.
- The TMP hopes that local property owners might form one or
more Reach Stewardship Groups.
- Send any comments or expressions of interest to Eco@theTMP.org.
Sub-reach Photos (2002)