Two Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) programs, Adopt-a-Creek (AAC) and Marsh Volunteer Planting (MVP) provided hands-on restoration and community education in the Hamilton Harbor watershed, the most polluted site on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes. AAC events involved community volunteers in in-stream water quality testing and stream clean-up. MVP events brought volunteers into the wetland to plant native aquatic plants to replace those lost over decades of carp intrusion. AAC growth is enhanced by a new component, “Friend-raisers”, that increases access to North Shore streams that were previously inaccessible. Outcomes included the addition of native aquatic plants to a wetland, and the restoration of .45 miles of streams and educating of students plus community members on wetland and watershed importance and protection.
Heinze Land Trust, in Michigan City, LaPorte County, IN