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Cooper Marsh Habitat Enhancement


Degradation of the coastal wetland along the shoreline adjacent to the managed impoundments at Cooper Marsh has affected biological production and wildlife diversity in the area.  Based on a concept implemented in the Bay of Quinte, a series of serpentine channels and associated large ponds with loafing sites have been constructed in the cattail monoculture.  Phased over several years, 10m wide channels (3m in depth) connected to 45m diameter ponds were excavated during the winter months, beginning in January 2002.  Following construction, monitoring has continued to document the plant, bird, amphibian, invertebrate and fish response to the works.  Although long term monitoring is required to draw statistically sound conclusions, initial interpretations suggest a positive impact on bird, amphibian and fish diversity.

For additional information, please contact:  Chris Critoph, Manager of Environmental Services.  chris.critoph@rrca.on.ca

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18045 County Road #2, P.O. Box 429, Cornwall, ON, K6H 5T2
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