Pickering launches weed-cutting pilot project

Posted on Thursday August 26, 2021

Pickering, ON, August 26, 2021 – The City of Pickering and Pickering Harbour Company (PHC) have launched a weed-cutting pilot project in an effort to address the negative impacts of Eurasian water-milfoil weed on Frenchman’s Bay.

The excessive weed growth can reduce biodiversity and water quality and poses a hazard to those using the Bay for recreational watercraft, sports and leisure.

The City and PHC have been working together to develop a robust partnership agreement that outlines project details such as the subject areas, methodology, and costs. The work will begin within the next week and take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete, dependent on weather and bay conditions.

To date, PHC has completed cutting around its docks, as well as a channel within Frenchman’s Bay to the Harbour Entrance breakwaters, and a channel to the Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club.

In the following weeks, cutting will take place in areas north of these channels towards Bruce Handscomb Memorial Park on the west, and Progress Frenchman’s Bay East Park on the east. The project will include cutting a total of approximately 5 acres (2 hectares) and will be approximately 20 metres (66 feet) wide.

Public inquiries and feedback can be directed to the City of Pickering’s Customer Care Centre at customercare@pickering.ca or 905.683.7575.

Learn more about Eurasian milfoil at natureconservancy.ca.

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Shauna Muir

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