Restoration of Royal Botanical Gardens Wetlands in Ontario
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Cootes Paradise marsh and lower Grindstone Creek at the western tip of Lake Ontario, ON

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is working to restore more than 5 acres of coastal habitat in RBG’s Cootes Paradise Nature Reserve.  Through this project, RBG and partners are controlling invasive Phragmites, planting native wetland plants, re-establishing wild rice, establishing new marsh river channel, and operating carp exclusion structures to minimize habitat degradation and competition caused by common carp.  Identified as a priority in the Remedial Action Plan for the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern, this project will contribute to the recovery of Beneficial Use Impairments for Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations, Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae, Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat, and Degradation of Aesthetics.

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