This research will be conducted along the Indian-McGregor Creek sub-watershed which is a tributary for the larger Thames River that feeds into Lake St. Clair and ultimately into Lake Erie (Wilcox, 1998). The sub-watershed is located around the municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario. The region surrounding the sub-watershed has extensive agricultural use that is potentially leading to increased erosion rates from gully’s leading into the creek (Guo, 2018).
Indian-McGregor Creek drains over 270 km2 from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and is about 30 km in length (Lower Thames Conservation, 2019). The soil in this region also contains high amounts of clay loam and silty loam, although the exact amount is unspecified (Upper Thames Conservation, 2008). The stream gradient for McGregor creek is much higher in comparison to the main river and thus has led to many flooding events in the past. Flooding has led to extensive erosion and thus conservation authorities have set up control projects such as the construction of a 3.3 km long division channel to divert water and prevent further erosion (Upper Thames Conservation, 2008).
Figure 1: McGregor sub-watershed boundary in Southern Ontario.