Protecting Natural Areas and Streams
Oakville’s natural areas are made up of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, valleys, and streams. You can do your part to protect these natural areas by following these guidelines:
Natural areas are not for recreation
- Stay on designated trails and pathways to avoid soil compaction and trampling plants.
- Don't cut trees or grass in naturalized areas.
- Keep dogs on a leash. Pets disrupt natural areas by frightening wildlife and trampling plants.
- Pick up after your pet to prevent harmful bacterial from contaminating soils.
Be a respectful gardener
- Plant native trees, shrubs and ground cover on your property if bordering a natural area.
- Do not dump yard waste such as grass clipping, collected leaves and branches into natural areas.
- Use organic and biodegradable products on your lawn and garden instead of harmful chemicals. Chemicals can be carried to natural areas when it rains.
Watch your water
- Use commercial car washes to clean your vehicle. This will help keep soap and chemicals out of the natural areas.
- Don’t drain your pool into natural areas. Pool or spa water containing chlorine can be toxic to aquatic life, and it is prohibited by by-law!
- Allow pool water to sit for 72 hours before draining to allow the chemicals to evaporate. Drain the water over a grassy area before draining to the storm sewer.
- Don’t drain water directly into natural areas. This can cause soil erosion.
- Don't dump hazardous liquids like oil, paint thinners or other chemicals into storm drains. Take these liquids at your local hazardous waste station to get rid of them.
Creek Erosion Inventory and Assessment
There are approximately twelve minor creek systems, in addition to Sixteen Mile Creek and Bronte Creek that flow within the Town limits. We completed studies to monitor the condition of these town-owned creek help us make decision on future creek rehabilitation projects. An updated Creek Erosion Inventory and Assessment was last completed in 2021
Current town projects