Harper Creek Brook Trout Study
A very exciting development has recently taken place that involves the Peterborough Field Naturalists: a partnership with Trent University to conduct a two year comprehensive study of the Brook Trout population in Harper Creek. Harper Park and the creek itself have been under threat from multiple developments in the catchment; the largest of which is the OLG casino and associated road development. Harper Creek is unique in the city because it is a coldwater stream containing (at present) a healthy native Brook Trout population.
The Harper Creek Study will begin in the spring of 2017 with the tagging of 20 Brook Trout. Each trout will carry a radio tag that is less than one gram in size. The research project is multifaceted using cutting edge, high tech science to learn about urban stream ecology in addition to opening a window into the life history of our resilient brook trout population.
How can an individual, classroom, organization or business help to fund this study?
There are two ways to help fund the Harper Creek Study:
- you can fund an individual trout by covering the cost of its radio tag ($200); or
- you can direct your donation more broadly to the Harper Creek Study research effort.
Please visit the Peterborough Field Naturalists for more information.
This is a 6-year project (2013-2019) to develop a research training program that will assist First Nations to achieve their goals in water security and sanitation at a significant moment when drinking water regulations for First Nations are coming into effect. The project is funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and it will support training programs coordinated by the Institute for Watershed Science in partnership with the Indigenous Environmental Studies Program at Trent University, and by the University of Manitoba, and the University College of the North. The research training program brings together world-class experts in natural sciences and engineering (NSE) and non-NSE fields from these institutions.
In order to advance water and sanitation security on First Nations reserves, CREATE recognizes that investment in water and wastewater infrastructure will be more cost-effective if innovative technologies and culturally appropriate approaches are used. Through innovative and culturally-respectful research training, the program will provide the highly-trained labour force and system innovation urgently needed to address the water and sanitation crisis in First Nations communities across Canada.
Through support from the Strategic Grants Program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and from Environment Canada, a team of researchers from Trent University and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) are conducting the Lake Ecosystem Nanosilver (LENS) project at the Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) in northwestern Ontario. There is potential to apply nanotechnology to almost every economic sector, including consumer products, agriculture, medicine, transportation and energy. While nano-technology has the potential to produce societal benefits, it should be a priority to better understand the ecological risks from the release of nanomaterials into the environment. Because of its antibacterial properties, silver nanoparticles (AgNP) are currently the most widely used nanomaterials in various consumer products, including socks, underwear, sport clothing, shoe liners, adhesive bandages, antibacterial sprays, food storage containers, laundry additives, home appliances and paint.
Our previous laboratory research showed that nanosilver in the aquatic environment first affects organisms at the bottom of the food chain, including bacteria (Das et al., 2012 a,b) and algae (Das et al., 2014). These responses may have devastating effects upon aquatic ecosystems by reducing overall productivity and altering the cycling of nutrients, such as carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus. There may be compensatory mechanisms within aquatic ecosystems that can mitigate these responses, but it is impossible to predict these responses using laboratory studies.