What is the Trent-Severn Waterway?
The Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada (TSW), under Parks Canada, is a 386 km ribbon of interconnected lakes and rivers from Trenton on Lake Ontario to Port Severn on Georgian Bay. The Waterway’s lakes and rivers include more than 4,500 km of shoreline.
There is a great variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats along the TSW and large numbers of plant, bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile, fish and insect species. Many of these species are now at risk because of increasing development pressures on aquatic habitats and shorelines.
Did you know..?
Protection of species at risk and their habitats is a requirement on both federal and provincial lands under the federal Species at Risk Act and the provincial Endangered Species Act.
What we are doing
Many government agencies, organizations, and citizens have identified an urgent need to protect the ecological resources of the Waterway and species at risk in the region. This can be best accomplished by groups and individuals in the region working together.
Parks Canada Species at Risk program has provided three years of funding for work along the Waterway, to increase protection and awareness of species at risk. Many other agencies and organizations are also contributing funds and in-kind resources to the program. A team of scientists, conservancies, conservation authorities, First Nations, local municipalities and others has been established to provide program direction.
Three Regional Species at Risk Teams (see map) are set up to:
• Educate and inform;
• Initiate demonstration projects; and
• Encourage stewardship actions by local organizations and private landowners.
What you can do:
• Contact your local Species at Risk Team Leader to volunteer for habitat restoration projects and monitoring programs;
• Report sightings of rare species to the groups listed below;
• Learn more about the habitats and needs of species at risk;
• Restore an area of shoreline to its natural state.