Second Marsh Management Plan

Consultation has concluded

The City of Oshawa, in collaboration with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Friends of Second Marsh, is preparing an update to the 1992 Second Marsh Management Plan (the Plan).

The Plan will guide the stewardship of Second Marsh over the next 10-20 years, identifying restoration opportunities, recommending management initiatives and guiding public access and use while respecting the natural and cultural heritage features of the area.

Members of the Oshawa community are invited to learn more about the Plan and to share their thoughts on the vision, goals and use of Oshawa Second Marsh. Opportunities to contribute include:

  • An online survey and place marking exercise on Connect Oshawa.
  • Paper surveys and a place marking exercise at Service Oshawa (50 Centre St. S.).
  • Two drop-in Public Open Houses on Wednesday, March 20; the first between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and the second between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Both will be held in the C-Wing Committee Room of City Hall (50 Centre St. S.).
  • Staffed community engagement tables with paper surveys on:
    • Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar St.);
    • Thursday, March 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. outside of the C-Wing Committee Room of City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); and,
    • Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Delpark Homes Centre, formerly Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Rd. N.).

Can't make a Public Open House or community engagement table? Not a problem. You can review the Second Marsh Draft Background Report and Public Open House presentation boards online.

Feedback will be received up to and including 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 will be considered in the development of the Second Marsh Management Plan.

The City of Oshawa, in collaboration with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Friends of Second Marsh, is preparing an update to the 1992 Second Marsh Management Plan (the Plan).

The Plan will guide the stewardship of Second Marsh over the next 10-20 years, identifying restoration opportunities, recommending management initiatives and guiding public access and use while respecting the natural and cultural heritage features of the area.

Members of the Oshawa community are invited to learn more about the Plan and to share their thoughts on the vision, goals and use of Oshawa Second Marsh. Opportunities to contribute include:

  • An online survey and place marking exercise on Connect Oshawa.
  • Paper surveys and a place marking exercise at Service Oshawa (50 Centre St. S.).
  • Two drop-in Public Open Houses on Wednesday, March 20; the first between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and the second between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Both will be held in the C-Wing Committee Room of City Hall (50 Centre St. S.).
  • Staffed community engagement tables with paper surveys on:
    • Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar St.);
    • Thursday, March 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. outside of the C-Wing Committee Room of City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); and,
    • Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Delpark Homes Centre, formerly Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Rd. N.).

Can't make a Public Open House or community engagement table? Not a problem. You can review the Second Marsh Draft Background Report and Public Open House presentation boards online.

Feedback will be received up to and including 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 will be considered in the development of the Second Marsh Management Plan.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • When is it anticipated that the Great Lakes Wetland Centre will be built? This was proposed a long time ago.

    johnmalish asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your question, johnmalish. The Great Lakes Wetland Centre was an initiative led by Friends of Second Marsh. Please contact Friends of Second Marsh at 905-723-5047 for more information on this.

  • what is the difference between the community engagement table and public open house?

    Solar asked 4 months ago

    Hi Solar, thank you for your question.

    At both the community engagement table and the Public Open House, attendees will be able to:

    • complete a survey on paper or online;
    • participate in the place marking exercise on paper or online; and,
    • ask questions to consultation representative.
    Community engagement tables will pop-up in hallways at three city facilities: South Oshawa Community Centre, City Hall and Delpark Homes Centre (formerly Legends Centre). Organizations that support Second Marsh will join City staff at these events.

    Drop-in Public Open Houses will run out of the C-Wing Committee Room at City Hall. This will be run by City staff and the consulting team. Eight presentation boards will be available for viewing at this event (the boards are also available for download online).

  • Is the City considering puchasing adjacent vacant property lots (such as along the west side of Colonel Sam Dr) to help preserve and protect the area around the marsh?

    TomW asked 4 months ago

    Hi TomW, thank you for your question. The Management Plan is focused on managing the existing land associated with Oshawa Second Marsh.   

  • Where is Oshawa Second Marsh?

    5 months ago

    Oshawa Second Marsh is a coastal wetland located south of Highway 401 along the north shore of Lake Ontario in the city of Oshawa. Second Marsh comprises 137 hectares and is bisected by Colonel Sam Drive. The largest part of the wetland is located south of this road. To the east of the Marsh is McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Harmony Creek runs along the west side of the site.

  • Why is Oshawa Second Marsh important?

    5 months ago

    The Marsh and the surrounding lands support a wide variety of habitat types such as: meadow marsh, treed swamp, thicket swamp, open water marsh and ponds which form a complex biological and hydrological system that supports a diverse range of native species. Second Marsh is one of the best remaining examples of a coastal wetland in the G.T.A. and as a result it has considerable social and ecological significance. The Marsh has been designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland and provincially significant Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest.

  • Why is a Management Plan needed?

    5 months ago

    An updated Management Plan will help guide the stewardship of Second Marsh over the next 10-20 years, identifying restoration opportunities, recommending management initiatives and guiding public access and use while respecting the natural and cultural heritage features of the area. 

    The last Management Plan was developed in 1992 and since then there have been significant changes that have occurred at the Marsh including a number of restoration activities, the emergence of invasive species such as Phragmites and Emerald Ash Borer, and urban development to the north. An updated management plan will consider these changes and the existing condition while also factoring in forecasted influences that will have an impact on Second Marsh in the near future. 

  • Who is responsible for managing Second Marsh?

    5 months ago

    Second Marsh is managed by the City of Oshawa in partnership with Friends of Second Marsh, the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Ducks Unlimited Canada. Each partner takes on a specific role in the management of the Marsh that is aimed at achieving the goals of the Management Plan.

  • Why have the public access points into the Marsh been closed?

    5 months ago

    As a result of the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, most of the ash trees within the site have died. Falling trees and limbs from these dead ash trees pose a risk of injury to the public. In addition, the boardwalk and trails require remedial work to make them safe for the public to use. 

    In order to reduce the risk of injury to the public, access points into the Marsh have been closed. As part of this project, a Forest Management Plan is being prepared and opportunities for public access are being reviewed. The updated Second Marsh Management Plan will provide recommendations to guide the management of the woodland and direct safe public access in the future.

  • How will my comments be used?

    5 months ago
    Members of the Oshawa community are invited to learn more about Oshawa Second Marsh and aspects of the Management Plan that are being considered. Your thoughts and comments on the vision, goals and use of Oshawa Second Marsh are a valuable component in determining how the Marsh will be managed in the near future and will be considered in the development of the Second Marsh Management Plan.