Mermaid Creek Recovery Program
How Mermaid Creek has changed since the 50s’
– Originally Mermaid Creek and its watershed was running through a forest of Douglas fir.
– By the end of the 19 century, the land was slowly converted into farmland.
– In 1954 (see aerial photo), Mermaid creek was still surrounded by Douglas Fir wood and fields or prairies.
Today, the creek is surrounded by residential properties.
The creek’s watershed has become the main storm drain of the municipality of Sidney covering approximately 1.5 square kilometres.
The major problems are :
Inappropriate trail location, Collapsing banks, Invasive species, Storm runoff, Pollution runoff.
The position of the Municipality
Officially, there is no public access between Mermaid park and Roberts bay. The trail is not authorized.
Mermaid Creek is not a priority for the authorities
Despite that, Mermaid Creek has been directly affected by Sidney’s urban development, mitigate erosion on his banks is not a priority for the municipality.
Different authorities involved
Not clear which level of government has authority to intervene (federal, provincial, municipal)
Resthaven Drive, Sidney