Funding to Benefit Local Wetlands
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St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority received $36,280.93 in funding from the Great Lakes Local Action Fund to create and restore wetland habitat in the Kettle Creek watershed.
Wetland habitat covers only 1.34% of the Kettle Creek watershed, well below the 10% recommended by Environment and Climate Change Canada to support wildlife species. In addition, the invasive species, phragmites, is prevalent in many wetland areas in the Kettle Creek watershed.
“This project involves the creation of two wetlands, the treatment of 11 acres of phragmites and the planting of tallgrass prairie and trees and shrubs to enhance wetland habitat,” explained Betsy McClure, KCCA’s Stewardship Program Supervisor. “This project also provides a wonderful opportunity to engage our local community in this environmentally positive project that will teach the value of wetlands and provide long lasting benefits to the Kettle Creek watershed.”
The Ontario government selected 44 community-based projects to receive 1.9 million in funding through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund. This fund supports local projects led by community-based organizations, municipalities, conservation authorities and Indigenous communities to protect and restore coastal, shoreline and nearshore areas of the Great Lakes and the rivers and streams that flow into them.
For more information:
Stewardship Program Supervisor