The new conservation area will have a healthier 1.5 kilometre-long shoreline.
CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH NATURE
The eastern Mississauga waterfront has been urbanized and currently supports little habitat for wildlife. The new conservation area will replace the existing shoreline with a more natural, diverse and ecologically functional shoreline. A larger connected stretch of beach will provide habitat for birds and fish as well as an opportunity for residents to get close to the lake. Three rocky islands will be built offshore to absorb heavy waves from the lake and provide sheltered areas for fish.
The streams that currently flow through the site, Applewood Creek and Serson Creek, will feed into wetlands before they enter the lake. Wetlands provide wildlife habitat and naturally filter water before it enters Lake Ontario.
MAKING OUR GREAT LAKES GREATER
The waterfront is the community’s connection with Lake Ontario, the Great Lakes and a wider ecosystem that connects six provinces and eight states.
Restoring our piece of the waterfront has benefits for the wider ecosystem and is a model for other waterfront naturalization opportunities within the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence ecosystem.
Naturalization: diverse terrestrial, aquatic and wetland ecosystem habitats and linkages.
Public access: safe and accessible access to and along the waterfront with recreational, educational and cultural heritage opportunities.
Fiscal viability: Maximize public benefit and value by reusing locally generated fill from existing municipal projects.
The north shore of Lake Ontario is a hotspot for migratory birds and butterflies making their way up and down the North American continent. This newly created area will be our local connection to a continental scale migration that will continue uninterrupted for years. Birds and butterflies will catch a connecting flight to their migratory destination after stopping to rest and feed at the new conservation area.