Timeline: 2021 onwards
In 2021, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), with support from Town of Ajax and Region of Durham, completed the restoration of one of these identified wetland opportunities in the Duffins Creek watershed located south of Bayly Street and east of Church Street South. The project enhanced approximately 1 hectare of carefully designed, variable-depth wetland basins. The new wetland will attract wildlife and help protect downstream habitats from extreme storm events. The project was funded entirely by the Ontario Wetlands Conservation Partner Program.
Role of wetlands in carbon sequestration:
All wetlands sequester carbon from the atmosphere through plant photosynthesis and by acting as sediment traps for runoff. Carbon is held in the living vegetation as well as in litter, peats, organic soils, and sediments that have built up, in some instances, over thousands of years. Wetlands play a key role in regulating greenhouse gases and buffering the impacts of climate change.