Ontario’s Natural Infrastructure
The need for wetland conservation to support a healthy and prosperous Ontario has never been greater.
Wetlands play a starring role in Ontario’s watersheds, connecting across the province in a natural mosaic that sustains plants, animals and people alike. To drain or degrade wetlands here and there is like chipping a hole in the collective water pipe that sustains all of us.
Without clean water, communities face declining health and opportunity. Families without clean water spend time and resources just to reach a baseline of security. Picture the Ontario that you want to live in. Now picture this beautiful province without the living things that need clean water to function or live. Pollution, climate change and competing land uses are affecting forests, wetlands, lakes and streams.
Wetlands are a natural solution.
Wondering if our work adds up?
Here is DUC’s conservation footprint in Ontario.
As of March 31, 2021
1 million ACRES CONSERVED
Protecting vital habitat
5,032 HABITAT PROJECTS
Under our care
Wetlands Conservation Partner Program
The Province of Ontario has committed $30 million over five years (2020-2025) to create and restore wetlands in priority regions. DUC is receiving $6 million in 2021 for wetland projects to improve water quality, support climate resiliency, mitigate flood risk and generate local economic activity in the Lake Ontario and Lake Erie drainage basins, one of the most significant migratory stopover areas on the continent—and an area under growing population pressure.
Invasive species are changing the land and water we love. They overwhelm habitat, choking out native wildlife and vegetation. They spread aggressively and hold their ground stubbornly. Turning back invasive species takes science, engineering and commitment.
Learn more about our work with aquatic invasive species:
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