#14 Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
…will be considered restored when:
1. Administrative and legislative mechanisms are in place to protect recognized aquatic, wetland and terrestrial habitats from destruction and degradation.
2. Wetland coverage within the subwatershed of Area 1A is 6-10%, or is restored to the extent possible, and 155 hectares of wetland habitat is rehabilitated, created, or protected within the Chenel Ecarte, Walpole Island First Nation delta or along the eastern shore of Lake St. Clair.
3. Habitat connectivity between the St. Clair River and Sydenham River and between Walpole Island First Nation, Bickford Oak Woods and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation has been improved using landscape ecology principles.
4. 50% of the tributary lengths in Area 1A are buffered by a minimum width of 5 metres of natural vegetation to improve fish habitat.
5. Nearshore and shoreline fish habitat has been enhanced at 6-12 priority sites along the St. Clair River to demonstrate the benefits of integrating shoreline protection with fish habitat enhancement.
6. Wetland habitat quality achieves an integrated ranking of ‘Good’ or better based on the IBI scores for water quality, submerged aquatic vegetation, aquatic invertebrates, fish and birds or, when the quality of the wetlands in the AOC are shown to be comparable to reference wetlands outside the AOC.
7. A long-term Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Plan for Ontario is completed to facilitate habitat restoration and protection beyond AOC delisting.