Scott Demonstration Project
The Scott Municipal Drain is a cold water tributary of the Belgrave Creek that flows into the Maitland River. This drain once contained a healthy trout population and provided critical spawning habitat for salmonids, but land use changes up-stream have caused sedimentation that has negatively impacted this channel. The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority worked with landowners in the Scott Drain watershed to restore this important tributary. Improvements to the channel conditions and habitat within the Scott Drain increased the productive capacity for migratory trout that support the recreational fishery within the Maitland River and ultimately Lake Huron.
The project consisted of a system of wetlands, grassed waterways, erosion control berms, nitrate filters, windbreaks, watercourse buffering, diversion berms and natural channel design. Many of these features were incorporated into the Municipal Drain Report, providing legislative protection and support for future years.