Creek damaged by storms will be saved so it can again thrive in Mississauga

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Published February 22, 2024 at 4:12 pm

Restoring section of Cooksville Creek in Mississauga.
A section of Cooksville Creek in south Mississauga needs to be restored due to erosion brought about, in part, by recent storms. (Photo: Qui1che via Wikipedia)

Part of a well-known creek in Mississauga is getting some much-needed repairs in order to keep it environmentally healthy and safe for the many people who use nearby trails.

City of Mississauga officials say they’re working to control the effects of erosion that have recently become apparent along the section of Cooksville Creek located south of Lakeshore Road, just west of Cawthra Road.

That section of the creek has been “impacted by recent storm events and high lake levels and is in need of rehabilitation” to address erosion issues.

“The main goal of this project is to develop a restoration design to mitigate the existing erosion problems for this section of Cooksville Creek and provide long-term stability to the creek corridor, while also protecting or enhancing the existing environmental resources within the study area,” Mississauga officials said in an online project description.

Map shows Cooksville Creek in Mississauga as it empties into Lake Ontario.

“The city will also be looking to develop related restoration plans for the Helen Molasy Trail and berm that sits atop the eastern creek bank, as well as developing solutions to reduce or eliminate drainage problems along the neighbouring properties.”

Benefits to restoration work can be summarized, city officials say, as follows:

  • long-term erosion protection along the creek banks
  • increased safety and protection for nearby infrastructure and property
  • improvements to the environmental health of the creek while enhancing aquatic habitat and vegetation
  • opportunities for planting of native species, and enhanced wildlife habitat where possible

Moving forward, officials say a planned environmental assessment will help them identify a more specific creek restoration plan.

At the end of the study period, they add, plans will be available for public review. A Public Information Centre will be held to present study findings, consider alternative solutions and answer any questions from residents.

Cooksville Creek begins in the industrial lands north of Highway 403 before flowing through the area around Camilla Road and ultimately emptying into Lake Ontario at Helen Molasy Memorial Park.

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