By Patti Green, Niagara Restoration Council
The Niagara Restoration Council (NRC) is a non-profit organization that works towards the restoration and long-term sustainability of the environment in the Niagara Region. The official mandate of the Niagara Restoration Council is: “to protect, maintain, and actively restore the ecosystems of Niagara.” While working towards this endeavour,we like to have fun and promote a sense of community!
The membership of the NRC is drawn from many sectors of the Niagara community, and includes representatives from municipal and regional governments, industry, academia, environmental interest groups and concerned citizens.
The Niagara Restoration Council was originally created in January of 1989 as a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to address concerns outlined within the Niagara River and its watershed, designated an Area of Concern by several levels of government. Several of the environmental concerns outlined for this area included degraded water quality, presence of flow barriers, lack of riparian vegetation,and low levels of naturally forested and wetland area.
The Niagara Restoration Council is committed to the development and implementation of restoration, naturalization, and reforestation projects. Several of the NRC’s current projects include the Building Stream Buffers for Niagara’s Rivers Project, the Niagara River Area of Concern Fish Barrier Project and the most recentWildlife Corridor Enhancement Project.
The Buffer Project (that was discussed in last months issue of GLAHNews, Vol. 14 Issue 1) has included the planting of thousands of native shrubs and wildflowers in “no-mow” stream buffers for public parks and golf courses in the Niagara River Watershed. These planting projects have proved very successful ecologically, aesthetically, and socially. The buffer strips aim to increase water quality and restore wildlife habitat to Niagara’s watercourses, while providing excellent opportunity for involvement with landowners, school groups, and the general public.
The Niagara Restoration Council’s Fish Barrier Removal Project has remediated several barriers to fish migration through their removal and restoration. These impediments have included man-made and natural barriers such as culverts, dams, weirs, crossings, and logjams, which can restrict fish migration, and impede the transportation of sediments, nutrients, and the flow of water. To date, 136 barriers, of 208 originally surveyed, have been remediated.
The NRC’s most recent project, the Wildlife Corridor Enhancement Project initiated in 2005, aims to increase natural wildlife habitat in the Fifteen, Sixteen and Eighteen Mile Creek sub-watersheds. The planting of at least 50,000 native trees will increase interior forest area and establish corridors linking forest fragments.
For more information:
Patti Green, Niagara Restoration Council
250 Thorold Rd.W. 3rd Floor • Welland, ONT L3C 3W2
PH: (905) 788-0248 • firstname.lastname@example.org