Each year, this fun, city-wide event coordinates 200 plus community volunteers in an effort to remove visible waste from the Speed River’s waters and shoreline. This special event champions the spirit of community environmental stewardship and links daily decisions and actions to the health of local waterways.

The Speed River Project grew out of OPIRG-Guelph’s Annual Speed River Cleanup. Its first phase occurred between 1988 and 1997 and involved large-scale naturalization initiatives, ecological monitoring, education and outreach, all supported by OPIRG-Guelph’s staff and volunteers.

The goal of this newest phase of the Speed River Project is essentially the same: to provide meaningful opportunities for students and the broader community to engage in action-oriented projects intended to enhance the ecological health of the Speed and Eramosa Rivers.

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA)

The GRCA’s key objective is to maintain a healthy and sustainable natural environment in the Grand River watershed. The Authority has developed a comprehensive strategic plan that provides direction on ways to handle many critical watershed resource issues. The plan is reviewed and approved annually by the GRCA Board.

The strategic plan includes the following initiatives:

  • Reduce flood damage
  • Improve water quality
  • Ensure an adequate supply of water
  • Protect all natural areas
  • Provide direction in overall watershed planning
  • Provide recreational opportunities • Provide environmental education

To learn more about the GRCA please visit the GRCA web site at: Major portions of the funding for these projects are provided through the amazing Creemore Springs River Restoration Dinners held at the Woolwich Arrow Pub and Borealis Grillhouse & Pub restaurants each summer. For us and our local communities it is all about a "By Neighbours, For Neighbours” philosophy.