The St. Catharines Environmental Alliance (SEA) was first availed of this highly controversial issue in the late summer of 2021 when reports circulated about residents of Riverview Blvd. bailing from their pools, salamanders that had been displaced by mid-slope construction along the creek. That was followed by posts from decorated cyclist Steve Bauer regarding ‘significant environmental destruction of the Twelve Mile Creek woodland and watershed’ the result of a new mountain bike racecourse for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

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Friends of Twelve Mile Creek says preparation is beyond ‘minor’ and a racecourse for high-performance athletes is being carved into the natural environment. The Friends of Twelve Mile Creek wrote a letter following their presentation to the NPCA board, asking NPCA to reconsider allowing the permit. “Let’s set an example in reinforcing that conservation, preservation and restoration are essential to urban ravine survival, especially in these times of climate change,” the letter said.

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