Many of the urban centres within the Lower Trent watershed region were settled along river valleys and in close proximity to watercourses. While there were many benefits to locating in these places, there were also risks from flooding and erosion.
In order to protect existing homes and businesses against these natural hazards, Lower Trent Conservation has constructed ten flood and erosion control projects in various municipalities throughout the watershed. Grants were provided by the Province of Ontario to implement these projects with the remaining funds coming from the individual municipalities that directly benefited from the project. They include:
- Mayhew Creek (Barry Heights – Trenton) Flood Control: channel improvement
- Mayhew Creek (Trenton) Flood Control: by-pass channel, weirs & berms
- DND Creek (Trenton) Flood Control: berm & gabion channel
- Glen Miller Creek (Trenton) Flood Control: berm & channel improvements
- Trent River (Trenton) Flood Control: berm
- Cold Creek (Frankford) Flood & Erosion Control: berm & channel improvements
- Rawdon Creek (Stirling) Flood & Erosion Control: flood wall, weir & gabion channel
- Burnley/Mill Creek (Warkworth) Flood Control: dam & flood wall
- Trout Creek (Campbellford) Flood Control: flood wall & channel improvements
- Killoran (Hastings) Creek Flood Control: flood wall & channel improvements
As these structures were constructed over 30 years ago, a maintenance program and regular inspections are required to ensure that they are in good condition and continue to function as designed.