City awarded funding to protect fish habitat

The City of Cornwall has been awarded $16,864.40 from the Government of Ontario to safeguard critical fish habitat through riparian restoration and improvements. The City will work with Raisin Region Conservation Authority to create a near-shore “buffer zone” at the south branch of the Raisin River at Pitt Street, just north of Tollgate Rd.

This branch of the River has seen quite a bit of land erosion which has impacted the natural area. Trees and shrubs will be planted under the bike path canopy to provide further cover for the shoreline, incorporate more protection for reptiles and amphibians. Vegetation will also be added on the north west corner of the spawning area.

The creation of a buffer zone will improve water quality and habitat conditions on-site and downstream and will positively impact fish populations in the long term.

May 10, 2022

  • City and RRCA staff marked out where trees and shrubs will be planted.
  • A temporary sign was installed informing the community of the project.
  • Photo taken prior to the planting of trees

 

May 16, 2022

  • Several holes were dug in anticipation of the tree planting.

Several holes were dug on Monday, May 16.

Join us May 18 at 3 pm to participate in the tree planting event. Be part of this community project.

Residents wanting to join the planting effort are asked to gather at Snetsinger Park at 3 PM. The RRCA will provide shovels as well as a tree planting demonstration. Participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle, and to wear gloves, long pants, and sturdy footwear.

Learn more: RRCA and City of Cornwall Invite Community to Help Plant 400 Trees : Raisin Region Conservation Authority

 

May 18, 2022

Several residents came together in order to participate in the tree planting event. All 400 trees and shrubs were planted!

Two avid participants during the tree planting

Several dignitaries were on hand for the tree planting

What is this project about? Learn more by watching the video below!

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