Remic Rapids Wetland Creation Project — Ottawa River 
       
 
Observations in June 2016, post construction.
       
       
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  The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is partnering with the National Capital Commission (NCC) to design and construct a wetland adjacent to the Ottawa River. The proposed wetland feature is located close to Remic Rapids along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The feature will be an area of 0.15 hectares and will consist of a shallow water basin wetland that supports amphibian breeding and bird foraging and act as a water supply for wildlife. The project requires excavating a low lying grass/cattail area adjacent to the Ottawa River to create a functional wetland habitat feature in the Ottawa River watershed.  The work is expected to be completed in late summer 2015.
         
 
Project Location – Remic Rapids Ottawa River      Photo of existing conditions (looking west)
 
         
  Ecological Project Benefits  
  1. Altering elevations creates conditions suitable for more diverse aquatic/terrestrial vegetation
  2. Providing new and enhanced winter and summer refuge areas for aquatic organisms (i.e., turtles, amphibians, etc.).
  3. Building a quiet area for waterfowl to rear their young and an area for shorebirds to feed.
  4. Installing wood structure in the form of trees, stumps and large branches to enhance habitat diversity
  5. Adding logs for turtles to bask and installing a sand/pea stone mix to create turtle nesting opportunities along the shoreline of the wetland feature
  6. Removing garbage in an adjacent ephemeral wetland will enhance the values of that feature
       
  Social Project Benefits  
  1. Interpretive sign to describe the projects social/ecological benefits to the Ottawa River
  2. An opportunity for community groups and local NGOs to participate in the construction and monitoring
  3. Use of the site for environmental events highlightin education on environmental restoration
  4. Provides a unique and highly visible habitat feature along the National Capital Commission Ottawa River Pathway
       
  Construction Phases of Implementation  

The work is planned for late August/early September 2015 and includes:

  • Invasive species removal of common buckthorn within the specified work area
  • Removal of fill from the existing work zone to create a wetland feature with a variety of side slopes
  • Installation of woody debris (i.e., root wads, basking logs and sweeper trees).
  • Re-vegetation of the riparian area by planting native trees, shrubs and wetland vegetation
       
 

Habitat Features and Structure


 

A variety of habitat features will be installed as part of the proposed wetland creation to provide diverse habitat types which will result in an increase in species diversity including:

  • A variety of depths and slopes will be used in the feature to increase plant diversity 
  • The use of wood structure in the form of root wads, sweeper trees and basking logs will be used to provide basking areas for turtles, shelter for waterfowl rearing their young and reproductive areas for amphibians and aquatic insects
  • The installation of a sand/pea stone mix will provide for a turtle nesting area along the perimeter of the wetland feature 

Volunteers from NGO’s and community groups will be able to participate with the garbage cleanup, the installation of the features and plantings during the construction phase. 

       
 
Habitat Structures – click on image to open PDF   Planting Plan – click on image to open PDF
 
       
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  More information  

Jennifer Lamoureux, RVCA Aquatic and Fish Habitat Biologist
jennifer.lamoureux@rvca.ca 
613-692-3571 ext. 1108