July 18, 2005

PEI Agriculture, DUC launch wetland program

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-A new partnership between the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will contribute to improving water quality and increasing biodiversity on PEI farms. Through the Sustainable Resource Conservation program, the province and DUC will provide financial and technical resources to PEI farmers who construct or restore a wetland that receives runoff from agricultural lands or wastewater sources. Constructed or restored wetlands are capable of assimilating 80% of the incoming nitrates, reducing coliform bacteria numbers by more than 90%, and retaining phosphorus and sediments, by 94% and 60 to 90%, respectively. This measure, together with other conservation land management activities, plays a significant role in preventing environmental threats to surface and ground water. This program will also provide important habitat for wildlife such as black ducks, great blue herons, songbirds, muskrats and amphibians.

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