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Current Projects

Blooms for Bees in Niagara

Building Stream Buffers for Niagara’s Rivers Project (2001 to present)

Conserving Niagara’s Forests for the Future

Past Projects

Baden Powell Park Ecosystem Enhancement Project (1998 to 2000)

Future Forest Tree Planting Program (2001)

Grassy Brook Aquatic Rehabilitation Project (1999 to 2001)

Miller Creek Habitat Enhancement Project (2013)

Naturalizing Fort Erie's Creek Drains (2012 to 2015)

Niagara River Area of Concern Fish Barrier Project (2001 to 2010)

One Mile Creek - Landsdowne Pond Biodiversity Enhancement Project (2010 to 2012)

Pelham Hills Golf and Country Club/Coyle Creek Restoration Project (2005 to 2006)

Restoring Niagara’s Short Hills Project (2010 to 2012)

Returning Nature to Niagara: Thorold–Lake Gibson Corridor Naturalization Project (2008 to 2010)

Trees for Niagara: Wildlife Corridor Enhancement Project (2005 to 2008)

Building Stream Buffers for Niagara’s Rivers Project (2001 to present)

The Niagara Restoration Council, through its “Building Stream Buffers for Niagara’s Rivers” project has ensured the use of community resources and partnerships to ‘protect, maintain and actively restore the integrity of the Niagara River Ecosystem’. Thanks to the generous contributions of volunteer labour provided by many local schools, nature clubs, concerned citizens and volunteer groups, the NRC has planted thousands of native shrubs and wildflowers in several designated “no-mow” buffer zones, in public parks and golf courses within the region.

Riparian vegetation along watercourses can provide significant benefits to water quality, through the filtration of overland flow, and stabilization and protection of river banks against soil erosion. Streamside plants also offer many species, including dragonflies, butterflies, waterfowl, and mammals, high quality coverage and foraging habitat.

Since the project commenced, riparian buffer strips have been planted along several watercourses in the region, including those in various public parks in the City of Welland (Maple Park, Willson Road Park, Welland Soccer Club, and Harold Bradshaw Park), and in several golf courses (Rio Vista Golf Club, Pelham Hills Golf and Country Club, Caistorville Golf Club, and Links of Niagara at Willodell).

Many of these locations are now identified with signage portraying the beneficial functions of riparian vegetation. In addition to serving a very important ecological function, these buffers provide a great opportunity to publicly demonstrate that native plant species can look beautiful, while serving an invaluable ecological purpose.

Recent funding for this project has been graciously received from various sources including the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, a component of the Federal Government's Great Lakes program that provides resources to be used in the demonstration and implementation of technologies and techniques towards the remediation of ‘Areas of Concern’, as well as other priority areas in the Great Lakes.

Funding in 2004-2005 for this project was also received from the Toronto Dominion Friends of the Environment Foundation, a program through TD Canada Trust, which seeks to support the efforts of Canadians who are dedicated towards the well-being of the environment.

Past funding for this project has also come from The Niagara Community Foundation.

The Niagara Community Foundation serves the people of the Niagara peninsula by building permanently endowed charitable funds for the changing needs and opportunities of the community, making grants, and providing leadership that contributes to the health and vitality of the community.

If you want to see more specific details on some of our buffer projects, click on the links below to download the appropriate file.

Rio Vista Golf Course
Maple Park
Welland Soccer Club

These files are in Adobe Acrobat format. Click on the image below, to download Adobe Acrobat.


Did you know that it can cost ten times more, to treat water contaminated by nutrient loading, than to protect that water source initially?

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