Environmental benefits of Lake Scugog Enhancement Project
This project will not only enhance the beauty of Lake Scugog, it will also provide many environmental benefits through the creation of an engineered wetland, dredging and a scenic walkway along the outer rim of the wetland. Read on for more detail:
Environmental benefits of the engineered wetland:
- Remove silt and pollutants from stormwater runoff from three large volume stormwater outlets before they reach the lake where they cannot be treated.
- Slow and control the velocity of water during heavy storm events which are becoming more regular with climate change.
- Prevent the newly dredged area from filling in quickly caused by silt coming from runoff from a large portion of urban Port Perry.
- Create additional water fowl, shorebird and turtle habitat using root wads, logs or rock as well as native aquatic and shoreline plants. The outer rim will create excellent fish spawning area.
- Use up nutrients and sequester pollutants from dredged material through the use of appropriate shrubs, trees, native plants and construction techniques.
- Provide shoreline stabilization.
- Help educate the public as to the value of using natural and attractive methods to clean water of impurities and encourage knowledge of the value of wetlands in general.
Environmental benefits of the new walkway at the outer rim of the engineered wetland:
- Provide an opportunity for educational signage about the value of such an wetland and wetlands in general as well as about the birds, fish, etc.
- The stone edge on the lake side would provide great habitat for small fish, the interior of the walkway would have great basking places for turtles that can lay their eggs in the specially constructed sand hummocks in the wetland.
- Provide an ice-resistant naturalized shoreline edge to create habitat.
- Provide an opportunity for people to see a working example of ‘bluescaping’ and its values.
- The contour of the new trail encourages current action and will therefore not catch as much dead weed growth and therefore be more attractive and more healthy.
Environmental benefits of dredging:
- Create deep areas for fish and other creatures especially during winter when the ice is thick.
- Create new fish habitat friendly shorelines including spawning areas for our endangered Walleye.
- Remove and sequester nutrient and pollutant laden muck from the bottom and give back-lot stormwater management methods a chance to have effect.
- Shape of new area encourages good northward current flow and open the area to good wave action. This increases dissolved oxygen and reduces shoreline algae and invasive aquatic plant growth.
- Create water depth even during cyclical and climate change caused droughts.
- Remove invasive plant and algae growth and their means of reproducing.