Mississauga’s Rattray Marsh Conservation Area was the site of a funding announcement on Saturday. The marsh will receive $55,000 from the Government of Canada to go towards ongoing restoration efforts. The contribution was made possible by a grant from the Government of Canada’s Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Stella Ambler, MP Mississauga South, joined Pat Mullin, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) Chair and Ward Two Councillor, Karen Ras, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation Vice-Chair, and Deborah Martin-Downs, CVC’s CAO, to mark the occasion.

“Wetlands like Rattray Marsh are absolutely vital for a healthy and sustainable local fishery,” said Stella Ambler. “I’m proud of the government’s commitment to the marsh.”

Restoration work, led by CVC, focuses on clearing excess sediment built-up from decades of upstream development around Sheridan Creek. The sediment has buried the marsh’s native ecosystem. This caused shallower water and poor water quality – prime conditions for non-native carp. Carp cause more destruction by outcompeting native fish, uprooting underwater plants and stirring up sediment.

A multi-year restoration plan to revive the marsh has begun. It calls for removing excess sediment to re-establish healthy populations of native fish species like pike and suckers.

“The complete restoration of the marsh is a big task,” said Chair Mullin. The contribution from the Government of Canada is another positive step along the road towards healthier Rattray Marsh.”

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program supports projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations. The goal is to conserve and restore recreational fisheries habitat. Although fishing is not permitted at Rattray Marsh, the area provides vital habitat for fish that move between the marsh, Lake Ontario and Sheridan Creek. The federal program has a $10 million budget to be used on eligible projects across Canada over a two-year period.

“Rattray Marsh has a special place in the hearts of local residents,” said Karen Ras. “The marsh needs our help and we’re doing everything we can to find the funds to restore it to its former beauty.”

The announcement coincided with CVC’s Stewardship Forum bus tour. The bus was scheduled to stop at Rattray Marsh to tour recent restoration efforts at the site. Bus tour participants, all avid environmentalists from the community, were the first members of the public to learn about the federal funding contribution.

“We’re pleased to share this exciting news with our community supporters,” said Deborah Martin-Downs. “The marsh isn’t just a CVC property – it’s a place where the whole community can connect with nature.”

Restoration efforts at Rattray Marsh also received significant financial contributions from the Region of Peel and the Government of Ontario.

Rattray Marsh is an “environmental gem” located in a unique natural setting within the City of Mississauga. It is the last remaining lakefront marsh of its kind between Toronto and Burlington. The environmentally sensitive wetland attracts nature lovers from the local community and across the Greater Toronto Area. The marsh is home to a variety of wildlife and plants. The property, located in Western Mississauga on the Lake Ontario shoreline, was acquired by CVC in 1972 and officially opened to the public in 1975.

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Photos

Pat Mullin, Paul Biscaia, Stella Ambler, Deborah Martin-Downs, and Karen Ras with community supporters. Photo by Mary Aarathi Edward.
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Left to right: Pat Mullin, Paul Biscaia, Restoration Technician for CVC, Deborah Martin-Downs, Stella Ambler, Karen Ras, and Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. Photo by Mary Aarathi Edward.
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Left to right: Pat Mullin, Paul Biscaia, Restoration Technician for CVC, Deborah Martin-Downs, Stella Ambler, Karen Ras, and Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. Photo by Mary Aarathi Edward.
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Left to right: Stella Ambler, Karen Ras and Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. Photo by Mary Aarathi Edward.
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