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Filsinger Park Stream Naturalization

Goodbye concrete, hello nature

  • 2.5

    Kilometers

  • 725M

    Reused Tree Material

  • Kitchener, Ontario

    Kitchener, Ontario

Streamlining a water channel's naturalization process

When it was built in the early 1980s, the 2.5 kilometre concrete Filsinger channel served its purpose – to move water quickly away from urban landscapes. Unfortunately the channel also conveyed sediment efficiently, looked industrial, and destroyed any natural components of the stream.

Downstream from Filsinger is Victoria Park Lake, the city’s crown jewel. Concrete channels like those in Filsinger were filling the lake with sediment and it had to be dredged constantly. So, we recommended naturalizing the channel to reduce sediment buildup with the added benefit of returning the stream to its natural state.

Now the channel is wider with bends and meanders. It has pools and water flows so it looks and sounds like a stream again. Improved habitat has brought back trees, plants, birds, and fish. Naturalization will significantly increase plant density and stability of the channel. The roots hold the bank together, provide food and nutrients for the fish, and are habitat for birds and terrestrial animals. All of that creates and environment people want to visit, too. A major trail network and pedestrian bridges integrated into the new channel are getting people back out into the park. 

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Meet Our Team

Heather Amirault, Surface Water Engineer

Rivers tell stories. I read them, and when needed, do a rewrite for a happy ending.
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Steve Brown, Senior Associate, Water Resources

I merge technical knowledge with site specific conditions to provide the most appropriate design for all stakeholders.
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Tim McCormick, Associate

The best compliment we can get on our restoration projects is ‘it doesn’t look like anyone did anything’. That is when we know we did our job.

Mike Trader, Senior Associate, Transportation

I’m proud to design bridges that support communities and enhance mobility–not only for motorists, but trail users, transit, and wildlife.
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David Williams, Surface Water Engineer

I embrace the opportunity to integrate my water resources knowledge with a number of disciplines to provide a high quality project.
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  • Heather Amirault

    Surface Water Engineer

  • Steve Brown

    Senior Associate, Water Resources

  • Tim McCormick

    Associate

  • Mike Trader

    Senior Associate, Transportation

  • David Williams

    Surface Water Engineer

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