On Thursday March 31, 2016, about 150 people filled up the Hamilton Spectator auditorium to engage with an exploration of Hamilton’s Chedoke Creek watershed through story, science, and service. More information about the evening, and about the issue, can be found in the links below.

Margaret Houghton, from the Hamilton Public Library’s Local History and Archives, shared historical photos and maps of the Chedoke watershed.

John Terpstra speaking at The Chedoke Story event

Local author and poet John Terpstra

John Terpstra, local author and poet, shared his reflections on exploring the Chedoke watershed that he has recently written about in an essay entitled “Daylighting Chedoke” published in Hamilton Arts and Letters.

Edward Berkelaar, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Redeemer University College, provided a summary of a water quality monitoring project carried out during the summer of 2015. Further information can be found in his presentation, full report, interactive map, and inauguration address.



Alan Hansell speaks at The Chedoke Story event

Alan Hansell of Stewards of Cootes

Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Lands at the Royal Botanical Gardens, described the impacts of contamination in the Chedoke watershed on Cootes Paradise and outlined rehabilitation efforts to improve the ecological integrity of Cootes Paradise. View Theysmeyer’s presentation.

Alan Hansell, Executive Director of Stewards of Cootes Watershed, shared about the work his organization has been doing to clean up Cootes Paradise and the watersheds that flow into it. There is an open invitation to all citizens to join them in their valuable work. View Hansell’s presentation.


Mark Bainbridge speaks at The Chedoke Story event

Mark Bainbridge of the City of Hamilton

Mark Bainbridge, Director of Water and Wastewater Planning and Capital for the City of Hamilton, explained the complexity of how the city deals with storm water and wastewater and described their efforts in minimizing the environmental impacts on local watersheds, specifically addressing the cross connections that exist in the Chedoke Watershed.




See the interactive Google map that was created during Redeemer’s 2015 summer research study:
Interactive map of the 2015 water sampling project

Ongoing Water Quality Monitoring Project

Beginning in the fall of 2012, Dr. Darren Brouwer initiated a study of the Chedoke Creek watershed in an effort to incorporate project-based learning within his analytical chemistry course. The study was repeated and expanded in the fall of 2014 in a subsequent analytical chemistry course. In 2015, Dr. Brouwer and Dr. Berkelaar were awarded a Zylstra Grant from Redeemer’s Centre for Christian Scholarship to further expand this study. Two students were hired for the summer of 2015 to monitor water quality primarily in the Chedoke Creek watershed, but also in other watersheds flowing into Cootes Paradise. Some sites in the Red Hill Creek watershed were also sampled. Efforts are underway to make this a longer-term monitoring project.