What’s A Creek Worth?

Fourteen Mile Creek, like many urban creeks, runs the risk of being under-appreciated for its vital natural heritage and environmental values.

Fourteen Mile Creek provides:

MONARCHNatural corridors of movement for migratory species of songbirds, butterflies and dragonflies
FISHYear-round habitat for living, breeding and migration of local animals, from insects like dragonflies, to mammals like deer, fish like trout, and birds like owls, and amphibians like salamanders
LEAVESRemnant forested ravine habitat and historical ecosystem elements, such as Sugar Maple-American Beech forested ravine communities
GRASSUncommon habitat for rare species such as Slender Sedge, Sharp-leaved Goldenrod, and Redside Dace
DROPSWater control and purification: forest, wetland, and floodplains take in water flow from farms, parks and city blocks into natural depressions that can absorb large rain events. Water is also re-released slowly as it passes through plants and soils, helping continue flow in drier seasons while also filtering out sediments and contaminants

AIRAir purification: rich plant communities absorb polluted air, removing contaminants and giving off fresh oxygenated air

HEAT ISLAND Reduced ‘heat island’ effect: without plant cover, heat islands of hard, unnatural city surfaces absorb sunlight and raise air temperatures
TREEVital green space for communities to enjoy, with huge benefits to human well-being

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All photos and text provided by ecologist, David d’Entremont.