The Curity Ravine
Taylor Massey Project

Reach C1

The upper section of the Curity Ravine, between Curity and St Clair, is gentle, well-treed, and suitable for a short hike. Mysteriously, you'll find no water flowing from the surrounding neighbourhoods through this area, as it appears to have been routed to local storm sewers.

The lower section has four key features:

  • Access from the south side of St Clair is dangerous and should be avoided
  • Access from Taylor Massey Creek is blocked after about 300 metres by a large, sensitive wetland that should not be trampled
  • The resulting isolation of most of the southern section between St Clair and the wetland has caused it to become, in the words of a 2002 report to the City, as simply "the highest quality wildlife habitat"; and
  • The water that should be trinkling into and through the upper section of the Ravine pours into the lower section right below St Clair, scouring the creek bottom, eroding the banks downstream, and exposing sewer maintenance holes.
These four features will present conflicting challenges to the future well-being of the Ravine.

Reach Issues

  • FODE hopes that some above-ground flow can be restored between Curity and St Clair.
  • We also hope that Wet Weather Flow adjustments will reduce storm-flow volumes and address the extensive erosion problems downstream from of St Clair.
  • Protocols must be developed so that any intrusion of construction equipment into the ravine to address WWF issues do not do more harm than they attempt to redress
  • Natural heritage inventories should be taken before and after WWF, and should be maintained to ensure non-native species don't get a foothold in the ravine
  • Owners of private property located along the ravine are asked to consider signing the Natural Yards Pledge, and to protect against the discharge of water, litter, and the seeds from non-native species from their property into the ravine.

Other Information

  • FODE hopes that local property owners might form one or more Reach Stewardship Groups.
  • Send any comments or expressions of interest to eco@fode.ca

Sub-reach Photos (2002)

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FODE is a membership-based non-profit organization working to protect and enhance the Don River and to encourage the establishment of healthy and sustainable communities within the central and eastern portions of the Don watershed, Toronto, Ontario. © 2004