Howitt Creek flood protection

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Howitt Creek flood protection and watercourse renaturalization project

The City of Guelph will be undertaking the construction of the Howitt Creek Flood Protection and Watercourse Renaturalization Project during the spring and summer months of 2013.

This flood protection facility offers a natural open space for public enjoyment. It however, is not a park facility operated by the City.

The City has hired Hermanns Contracting Limited to undertake the construction. Mobilization activities, such as bringing equipment to the site, are expected to begin March 15, 2013, weather permitting.

About the project

As indicated during the Project Open House held on June 19, 2012, the project construction includes:

  • grading and landscaping the lands east of Howitt Creek for the flood protection facility;
  • constructing new multi-use trails; and
  • renaturalizing Howitt Creek.

Tree removal will be required on the City owned portion of the site as part of this renaturalization project.

Project timeline

Phase 1 of the project, which includes site grading, hydro seeding, trail paving, concrete work, and planting of trees, vegetation, and shrubs, will be completed by the end of June.

Phase 2 of the work will begin in mid July, and will be completed by the end of August. Phase 2 includes the removal of the old creek crossing and the construction of a new safe and pedestrian friendly creek crossing.

Access to the site

Throughout Phase 1, members of the public asked to be careful around the new plantings, responsible pet owners (e.g. keeping dogs on a leash, picking up after pets), and report vandalism.

Throughout Phase 2 there will be no public access to the work site adjacent to the creek. If on the accessible portion of the site, members of the public are asked to be extremely cautious and approach at their own risk.

Traffic impacts

No road closures or detours are planned for this project.


The following display boards and handouts were provided as part of the Open House held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012:

Who to contact

If you have concerns about day-to-day construction activities or general questions regarding this project please contact:

Majde Qaqish, P.Eng.
Project Engineer
Engineering Services
Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment
1 Carden Street, Guelph ON N1H 3A1
T 519-822-1260 x 2225