What is an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan?

    ISMPs are action plans for protecting and improving watershed health and addressing current issues in a watershed. The ISMP process preserves watershed health as a whole, while meeting community needs and allowing development and re-development to occur.

    Where is the Fishtrap Creek Study Area?

    The study area includes the Fishtrap Creek watershed north of the Canada-US border.  The study area is approximately 3,050 hectares, with main tributaries including Fishtrap Creek, East Fishtrap Creek, Waechter Creek, Peardonville Creek, Enns Brook and Logan Creek.   View the map of the study area here.

    What are the key issues?

    The Fishtrap Creek watershed has been affected by urbanization, development and agricultural activities.  Previously identified issues include:

    Localized flooding; 

    Sediment deposition in detention ponds;

    Poor drainage in lowlands/farmlands; 

    Reduced channel capacity due to overgrowing vegetation and beaver dams; 

    Declining number of endangered fish species; 

    Fish and wildlife habitat loss; and 

    Poor water quality. 

    Fieldwork will be conducted to identify additional issues and we are seeking your input to make sure we have the complete picture. 

    What will you do with the background research?

    The background research obtained in this stage will give us the data needed to move to our next stage where we will explore new options, and priorities for the Fishtrap Creek ISMP.