Kettle Creek (Ontario)

Kettle Creek is a creek in Elgin County in southwestern Ontario, Canada that empties into Lake Erie at Port Stanley.[1] It drains an area of 520 square kilometres (200 sq mi). Dodd Creek is the major tributary.[2]

Kettle Creek flows through parts of London, Ontario and St. Thomas, Ontario.[2] Most of the watershed is used for agriculture. During dry summers, water shortages can be experienced. Kettle Creek adds a significant amount of phosphorus to Lake Erie.[1]

Some of Ontario's rare remaining stands of Carolinian Forest are in the Kettle Creek watershed.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Canada-Ontario Lake Erie action plan". Environment Canada. Retrieved 2018-09-09. Canadian tributaries contribute about eight per cent of the total phosphorus load to the central basin. Altogether, Canadian sources contribute an average of 229 tonnes annually to the central basin, with Kettle Creek, Catfish Creek and Big Otter Creek — the three largest tributaries —annually contributing 47 tonnes, 45 tonnes and 85 tonnes, respectively.
  2. ^ a b "Kettle Creek Watershed Characterization Report: Draft" (PDF). Lake Erie Source Protection Region Technical Team. January 2008. Retrieved 2018-12-14. The St. Thomas Moraine was built by a submerged ice front. At St. Thomas a gap occurs in the ridge so the name for the moraine is not particularly apt. However, it is the strongest moraine of the series, varying in width of up to five kilometres between London and Tillsonburg and is prominent as far as Wallacetown (Barnes, 1967).
  3. ^ "Carolinian Forest Festival". Kettle Creek Conservation Area. 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-09. Based on the concept of the highly successful Children’s Water Festival, the Carolinian Forest Festival was developed to provide a unique opportunity for students to complement their classroom learning.

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Coordinates: 42°42′07″N 81°13′05″W / 42.701834°N 81.217978°W / 42.701834; -81.217978