Three wetland restoration projects will proceed at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington

Published July 12, 2023 at 4:56 pm

Three wetland restoration projects will proceed at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington as part of a province-wide conservation program.

The project is meant to enhance wetland habitat and connectivity as well as manage invasive species and improve resiliency to climate change impacts of extreme lake water levels.

Specifically, the work will be carried out in the Rock Chapel, Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Marsh areas of the RBG.

The funding comes through part of a provincial grant of $6.9 million that will be spent on 100 similar projects in Ontario.

“The Royal Botanical Gardens are a cornerstone in Burlington providing an opportunity to explore diverse ecosystems, visit beautiful gardens and learn about the importance of environmental conservation,“ said Burlington MPP Natalie Pierre in making the funding announcement. “This investment will support local projects that are vital for the long-term health and sustainability of natural ecosystems in our community.”

Called the Wetlands Conservation Partner Program, the funds represent one of the largest investments in wetland restoration in Ontario’s history, according to a Provincial government statement. The program supports a wide range of projects, restoring and enhancing large-scale wetlands, smaller wetlands on marginal agricultural lands, and wetlands in more urban areas as part of municipal
stormwater management. Over $30 million is expected to go into the program over the next five years.

 

 

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