June 19, 2018, Carleton Place – After years of restoration work, the Carp River is now a thriving recreation and education destination for thousands of City of Ottawa residents. The restoration included reconstructing the channel into a meandering river, creating fish habitat pools and wetland meadows, planting native riparian vegetation and reconnecting the floodplain. Future plans for the site include connecting the trail system, parking and an outdoor educational facility. The area is managed by the City of Ottawa in partnership with Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the Ottawa Stewardship Council to provide educational opportunities to schools and the general public.
“As Ottawa grows and evolves, the restoration of natural landscapes that provide essential ecological services, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities is a high priority for the City and for the community. Thank you to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority for their important work on this essential environmental resource.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa
“I am pleased to have the Conservation Authority provide information and educational programs to help everyone understand the importance and beauty of the wetlands.”
Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Kanata North
“The Carp River watershed is an important natural ecosystem which has come a long way thanks to the Carp River restoration work. While it will be many years before we can gauge the success of the project, we can already see a large difference as the newly planted vegetation brightens up the landscape and native wildlife frequent the area.”
Paul Lehman, Executive General Manager, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and like us on Facebook.
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