Urban Forest Planning

»Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Posts, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Town of Saugeen Shores Kilgour & Associates Ltd. is working with the Town of Saugeen Shores on Lake Huron to prepare an Urban Forest Management Plan. This Plan is establishing detailed, practical and adaptive guidelines and actions for the Town to follow in its operations so as to achieve long term preservation and enhancement of its urban forest. The Plan integrates urban forest best management practices and standards to meet the main outcomes of proactive and cost-effective protection and maintenance of the existing urban forest on public lands and expansion of forest cover by the Town and its partners. Environmental, social and economic benefits will be realized through effective management that will maintain and enhance the number, quality and diversity of...

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Nunavut sampling program

»Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Posts, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Benthos sampling in Nunavut We just completed a survey of benthos from three lakes in Nunavut for a metal mining Environmental Effects Monitoring program. The blackflies were pesky, but the scenery was fascinating. Blueberries and cranberries were in full fruit, and the snow geese were getting ready to head south. Here is a shot of Anthony Francis taking in the surroundings, and with geese setting up formation. We worked with C. Portt and Associates in the delivery of a gold mine in the middle of Nunavut. The work involved the collection of water, sediment, benthos and fish (lake trout and sculpin).

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Spring Walleye Fishing in Sudbury

»Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Posts, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Spring Walleye Fishing in Sudbury Kilgour & Associates just completed working with the United Walleye Clubs from the Sudbury / Espanola area. This is our third year helping them with their collection of spawning male and female walleye. The clubs collect and fertilize eggs from large female walleye, then raise the eggs and larval walleye to a fingerling stage for subsequent release into area lakes and rivers. We are really pleased to be able to help out: the community is highly engaged and knowledgeable. The work of the walleye clubs was recently highlighted in an article in the Sudbury Star, Saturday May 17, 2014. Link to the article...

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Heart’s Desire

»Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Posts, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Heart’s Desire Weir, Jock River The Heart’s Desire Weir was constructed in 1975. The removable structure creates a 900 m long headpond that is wider and deeper than the river at normal flows, and gives the local residents a recreational option. The weir is normally installed in the spring, and removed in the fall. Kilgour & Associates was retained by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) to study the weir and possible options and costs associated with it potential removal. The principal objective of weir removal was to return the river back to its original flow conditions and historical ecological condition. Our work, and that of others is provided by RVCA at this website:

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Updates to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act

»Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Posts | Comments Off

Latest updates to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act By January 24, 2012 at the latest, Ontario will have two bat species, the Little Brown Myotis (a.k.a. Little Brown Bat) and the Northern Myotis (a.k.a. Northern Long-eared Bat), legally protected with Endangered status. As with all newly listed threatened or endangered species, both bats will immediately receive general habitat protection. Caves and mines form perhaps the most important element of their habitat. The bats begin moving to these areas in August to breed, then hibernate there from September to April or May. Little Brown Myotis generally forages in open areas near water, though is often found in more urban areas. Northern Long-eared Bats prefer moist boreal type forests. Both bats will roosts in...

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»Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Posts, Uncategorized | Comments Off

SOSMART and SMARTER The Southern Ontario Stream Monitoring and Research Team (SOSMART) and Stream Monitoring and Research Team Eastern Region (SMARTER) are grassroots, agency initiatives to coordinate the monitoring and research pertaining to stream systems, in Ontario. Kilgour & Associates recently participated in a SMARTER meeting hosted by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA). Bruce Kilgour made two presentations to the group on: (1) lessons about study design learned from 13 years of monitoring in the Athabasca River basin adjacent to oil sands activities; and (2) our recent work on the Canadian Water Quality Index, and ways to reduce the sensitivity of the index to episodic events.

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