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Thanks to the Beach Tree Bucket Brigade!

posted Dec 3, 2010 8:21 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Dec 3, 2010 8:57 AM ]

Originally posted Feburary 11, 2009

Last June, seventeen young trees were planted along the beach using funding from the city’s Community Tree Planting Program. Many volunteers diligently watered these trees throughout the summer by carrying countless pails of water from the river. Thank you volunteers for keeping the trees healthy!

Two of the trees were relocated in early November to avoid potential interference with tobogganing runs. Paul Smith, a landscaper in our community, kindly provided his expertise and equipment to assist with the relocations.

Another season of regular watering is recommended for the trees so we hope to see our volunteers again this Spring.

Beach tree update

posted Dec 3, 2010 8:15 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Dec 3, 2010 8:57 AM ]

Originally posted September 30, 2008

The Westboro Beach Community Association was successful in obtaining $8500 from the city’s Community Tree Planting Program to plant 17 new trees at Westboro Beach. The trees were planted on June 16th near the patio and along the outer edges of the beach.

Over 20 individuals and families from the community volunteered to take responsibility for watering each tree every week until Thanksgiving. Although rainy days helped out this summer, in theory more than 40 000 litres of water were carried by pail from the river across the beach to the trees this season. Thanks to all those volunteers for their commitment and for the resulting healthy trees.

The placement of a couple of the new trees could interfere with winter tobogganing runs on each side of the slope towards the beach. Later this fall, when it is appropriate to transplant these trees, volunteer labour will be organized to relocate them under the supervision of a tree expert.

Beach Tree Watering Method

posted Dec 3, 2010 8:14 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Dec 3, 2010 8:15 AM ]

Originally posted June 23, 2008

The tree watering method is pretty straightforward:

  1. mark the level of 1 gallon (4.5 L) on the pail you plan to use
  2. fill your pail up to the 1 gallon mark with water from the river (you’ll have to get your feet wet)
  3. walk to your tree and pour the water into the “earthen saucer” at the base of the tree
  4. repeat steps 2 and 3 thirty times each week!

It is recommended that you pick one day each week to do your watering so that the water soaks down to the deepest roots. Early in the morning or in the evening would be best. If there are two days with substantial rainfall you won’t need to water that week. (The Environment Canada website provides the daily precipitation history for Ottawa.)

New Trees at Westboro Beach

posted Dec 3, 2010 8:10 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association

Originally posted June 16, 2008

The Westboro Beach Community Association was successful in obtaining $8500 from the Community Tree Planting Program to plant 17 new trees at Westboro Beach. The trees were planted on June 16th.

The choice of trees was made by the WBCA; the National Capital Commission, the City of Ottawa tree forester and Jeff Kaster, a Westboro resident who volunteered to design the project and help with the tendering. The trees are three Eastern Poplar, five Bigtooth Aspen, three Autumn Blaze Maple, three Silver Maple, two Red Maple and one Black Willow.

We have several enthusiastic volunteers watering the trees each week; if you want to be involved please contact us.

Information for Volunteers

Beach water quality update

posted Dec 3, 2010 7:42 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association

Originally posted September 30, 2008

Westboro Beach received a lot of attention this summer because of the number of days that the beach was closed for swimming. Out of a season of 65 days, the beach was posted with a no-swimming advisory for 23 days. 14 of these postings were the result of elevated E. coli levels and 9 of the postings were caused by the ‘rain rule’…in other words, after heavy rains it is assumed that storm water runoff will cause pollution at the beach.

A report prepared by Baird Associates on the Bacterial Assessment at Westboro Beach was made available this past Spring (and can be viewed on our website). The findings of the report are somewhat inconclusive, but they do confirm that storm sewer discharges from outfalls upstream of Westboro Beach are key contributors to the bacterial contamination at the beach during wet weather.

Alternatives to mitigate the issues at Westboro Beach are presented in the report and fundamentally the WBCA supports a stormwater detention alternative. I’ve been involved with Don Paskovich and John Almstedt in reviewing the report findings with Baird Associates and city representatives. An objective of our community association is to make sure that Westboro Beach continues to receive attention when it comes to funding for storm water infrastructure improvements

Westboro Beach Storm Sewer Drainage

posted Dec 3, 2010 7:35 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Dec 3, 2010 7:42 AM ]

Originally posted July 24, 2008

Westboro Outfall Drainage Area (attached) provided by the City of Ottawa Water Environment Protection Program.

Google Map overlay of Westboro Outfalls Drainage Area.

Bacterial Assessment at Westboro Beach

posted Dec 3, 2010 7:33 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association

Originally posted October 13, 2007

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