|Male Ruddy Ducks at Cranberry Marsh|
Photo: Gerry Ernest
Despite significant land-use pressures, Durham Region still has many coastal wetlands remaining compared to some other areas along the north shore of Lake Ontario.
The importance of maintaining key wetland functions and values, combined with the stresses of rapidly urbanizing watersheds and the variable water levels of Lake Ontario, make management of coastal wetlands in Durham Region a complex challenge. The first step towards determining management, restoration or enhancement possibilities is to identify the sources and levels of impacts affecting these wetlands. This is best accomplished by monitoring indicators of wetland health. While some Durham Region wetlands have already been monitored for several years, in order to clearly understand the wetland dynamics and distinguish among lake effects, regional trends and local site-specific changes, monitoring methods needed to be standardized.
The Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project
evolved to address this need. It is a multi-partnered monitoring program based on sound science. Partners benefit from shared resources and information and coordinated monitoring protocols which will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of coastal wetland health monitoring.
For more information about Coastal Wetlands monitoring in Durham Region, please contact:
(905) 579-0411 ext. 138