Executive Summary

Description of Changes to the Stream since 1805

Historical Perspective and Benthic Invertebrates

Water Quality and Aquatic Plants

Fish in the Stream

Heavy Metal Sediment Loadings

Proposed Alternatives for Laurel Creek

Official University Plan

Planning Issues in the Watershed

Objective Evaluation Techniques

Planning Issues in Waterloo

Physical Process which Shape Streams

Long-term Changes to Stream Fish as a Result of Human Needs

Another UW Link:

Towards Rehabilitation of Laurel Creek, School of Urban & Regional Planning, Planning Workshop (PLAN720),


The mission of the WATgreen Advisory Committee is to transform the University of Waterloo campus into a showcase of environmental responsibility. One of the guiding principles of WATgreen includes the recognition that sound environmental management come from a forum where all stakeholders can participate and contribute. In order to foster this atmosphere, WATgreen's main role is to animate environmental activities on campus and in particular to co-ordinate the project activities of students, staff and faculty.

Laurel Creek forms the natural drainage through the University of Waterloo campus. However, nearly 200 years of human intervention have left a system that barely resembles its original form. Furthermore, the modern Laurel Creek suffers from poor water quality and from other major and minor environmental and aesthetic problems. Consequently, several individuals and groups, both on- and off-campus, have initiated studies and research projects on the creek. The WATgreen Committee chose to take a proactive approach by holding a symposium. The objective of the symposium was to enable these various stakeholders to exchange their information in an open forum, and to publish the proceedings. By doing this, WATgreen hopes to facilitate the rehabilitation of Laurel Creek by allowing sound environmental decisions to be made. The Laurel Creek Workshop was held on October 29, 1996, and involved 14 presentations and discussion papers as well as several poster papers.

The success of the workshop was due to input from the WATgreen Advisory Committee members and others. Special recognition must be given to Dean Fitzgerald, a graduate student in Biology, who enlisted the speakers and who established the agenda. Special thanks to Patti Cook for facilitating the workshop, and to Lisa Weber of the Heritage Resources Centre, University of Waterloo for lending us their expertise in hosting symposia. The proceedings were edited by Hamish Duthie and Paul Eagles.

The WATgreen Committee, 1996-1997:

Roydon Fraser, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Paul Eagles, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
James Kay, Environment & Resource Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Winston Cherry, Statistics & Actuarial Science, Faculty of Mathematics
Hamish Duthie, Biology, Faculty of Science
Leonard Eckel, School of Accountancy, Faculty of Arts
Dennis Huber, Associate Provost, General Services & Finance
Patti Cook, Waste Management Co-Ordinator
Donna Schell, Bookings

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Last updated: November 3, 1997 plc