Since the amalgamation of Widdifield Township with the City of North Bay in 1968, a number of projects were carried out on Chippewa Creek that helped improve the water quality.
In the 1970s, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority began purchasing land along the creek to protect the flood plain, creating open space and parkland that eventually became trails and walkways.
The Chippewa Creek Flood and Erosion Control Program (1978 and 1984), followed by the 1996 Watershed Management Study have guided the restoration and flood prevention work on Chippewa Creek.
Chippewa Creek Watershed Management
The 1996 Chippewa Creek Watershed Management Study set out a number of goals:
- Enhance and protect the ecological integrity of the watershed
- Reduce or eliminate flooding damage potential
- Prevent and control detrimental erosion and sedimentation
- Enhance the human use of the creek and watershed corridors
- Encourage environmentally sensitive development within the watershed
- Promote public awareness and implemention of the Watershed Plan by decision makers, property owners and the public.
Ongoing management of Chippewa Creek is based on the goals and principles of this Management Study.