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15-16-18 Mile Creek - Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

15-16-18 Mile Creek - Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

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© 2008 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction..................................................................................................................................... 1 Watershed Planning and the Fifteen-Sixteen-Eighteen Mile Creeks Watershed................ 1 Watershed Vision............................................................................................................................. 3 Watershed Objectives...................................................................................................................... 4 Water Resources............................................................................................................................ 4 Fish and Aquatic Habitat............................................................................................................... 4 natural Heritage and Resources.................................................................................................. 4 Communication, Education and Recreation............................................................................... 4 development................................................................................................................................... 4 Watershed Characterization..................................................................................................... 4 Location and General Description of the Fifteen, Sixteen and Eighteen Mile Creeks Watershed....................................................... 4 Fifteen Mile Creek............................................................................................................................. 5 Sixteen Mile Creek............................................................................................................................. 5 Eighteen Mile Creek.......................................................................................................................... 5 Lake Ontario Subwatersheds 27, 28 and 29............................................................................... 6 Niagara Escarpment Features...................................................................................................... 6 Topography....................................................................................................................................... 6 Physiography and Geology.......................................................................................................... 6 Fifteen and Sixteen Mile Creek Valleys.......................................................................................... 6 rOCkway Falls.............................................................................................................................. 10 sixteen Mile Creek Diversion........................................................................................................ 10 lake Ontario Shoreline............................................................................................................... 11 Soils.................................................................................................................................................. 11 Land Use........................................................................................................................................... 11 Historical Land Use....................................................................................................................... 13 the Rockway Area Settlement..................................................................................................... 13 Fifteen Mile Creek Salt Mines....................................................................................................... 13 land Use in the Rockway Area.................................................................................................... 13 Natural Heritage Resources..................................................................................................... 15 Fifteen and Sixteen Mile Creek Valleys ANSI................................................................................ 15 Other Natural Heritage Resource Sites.................................................................................... 20 Wetlands......................................................................................................................................... 20 Aquatic Habitat............................................................................................................................... 21 Fish Community Studies................................................................................................................ 21 Fifteen Mile Creek.......................................................................................................................... 21 sixteen Mile Creek......................................................................................................................... 21 eighteen Mile Creek...................................................................................................................... 21 Significant Fish Species................................................................................................................ 21 Fish Habitat...................................................................................................................................... 21 Municipal Drains............................................................................................................................ 21 ii

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