Since 2016 the Ottawa Stewardship Council has been working with Hydro One, the Briarbrook and Morgan’s Grant Community Association (BMGCA), and the City of Ottawa to transform the neighbourhood hydro corridor into multi-use community green space. The new pollinator meadow, seeded with deep-rooted native grasses and wildflowers, is an example of a nature-based climate solution. It absorbs precipitation thereby reducing stormwater runoff volume.
In 2017 Hydro One cleared part of the corridor and seeded it with rye grass and wildflowers. The following year the corridor was filled with blooms. Hydro One also installed a bee hotel and donated funds to BMGCA for use in the corridor.
We are providing technical and planning advice to the Community Association, and helping them communicate the information essential for building an informed community. We are also working with all three groups to ensure the successful eradication of Wild Parsnip and other noxious weeds as part of a multi-year plan to restore the corridor. The City has agreed to take the lead in cleaning out the weeds and to train and equip community volunteers to assist in the work.
The corridor has been transformed from a weedy, overgrown, and unused space to one that is well-groomed and provides a living display of native pollinator species. With support from a landscape architect, we will help the BMGCA and the City as they plan what the community wants from its new, livable, sustainable green space. We are working to extend this cooperative model to other hydro corridors throughout the city, working in a collaboration with the City, community associations and Hydro One.
Work done in Summer of 2021:
Read the summer student’s Final Report for 2021. The student reported on the success of new bee hotels and bumblebee houses, installation of a bat house, results from four wildflower garden test plots, and stewardship issues from encroachment.
Work done in Summer of 2020:
- Read the summer student’s Final Report for 2020. The student conducted a research project on the use of chelated iron in controlling Wild Parsnip, cleared noxious weeds from the corridor, and the effect of mowing on Wild Parnship and on maintaining meadows.
- The Effects of Mowing and Cutting Parsnip – July 2020 – by Gabriel Roy
- The Effects of Mowing and Cutting Parsnip – August 2020 – by Gabriel Roy
Carleton University Projects – Environmental Science students conducted three projects on the corridor in 2016 through 2018.
Morgan’s Grant Project Posts – various updates about the project.