The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) partnered with the National Capital Commission (NCC) to design and construct a small wetland adjacent to the Ottawa River. This new wetland is located close to Remic Rapids along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The feature is 0.15 hectares and consists of a shallow basin that is a water supply for wildlife as well as amphibian breeding and bird foraging area. Volunteers and NGO community groups provided clean up and planting assistance. The wetland provides a unique and highly visible habitat feature along the National Capital Commission Ottawa River Pathway.
Benefits of the Project
- Altered elevations creates areas for more diverse aquatic and terrestrial plant life
- Provides new and enhanced habitat for wetland wildlife
- Provides quiet area for water fowl and shorebird nesting, rearing and feeding
- Installed woody structures creates more diverse habitat
- Installed sand and pea stone creates turtle nesting and basking areas
- Common buckthorn (invasive species) removal allowed for more native plant growth