HCA secures final parcel of land to complete Saltfleet Wetland Restoration Program

Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is thrilled to announce the successful acquisition of the last parcel of land required to finalize the Saltfleet Wetland Restoration Program. This milestone marks a significant achievement in the Authority’s ongoing commitment to environmental conservation and restoration efforts within the Hamilton region. With the final 95.38-acre parcel acquired on Tapleytown Road, over 411 acres have been secured for this program.

The Saltfleet Wetland Restoration Program concept was proposed to create a connected collection of conservation area lands in the Upper Stoney Creek and Upper Battlefield Creek watershed. Its goal is to reduce downstream flood risk and erosion to residential and commercial properties by acquiring lands, enhancing and enlarging existing wetland areas, creating new wetland areas and restoring the natural features and functions of watercourses in the area.

This comprehensive initiative to revitalize and preserve critical wetland ecosystems has been a focal point for the Authority’s environmental stewardship goals. By securing this final parcel of land, the program can progress to its completion stage. It will ultimately see four wetlands built that will help mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide trails and recreational opportunities.

“We are elated to have acquired the last piece of land needed to complete the Saltfleet Wetland Restoration Program. It stands as a testament to the Authority’s commitment to sustainable environmental practices and preserving natural spaces for future generations to cherish and enjoy,” said Brad Clark, Chairman of the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Hamilton Conservation Authority extends its gratitude to all who have supported and contributed to this initiative, recognizing their invaluable role in making the Saltfleet Wetland area a reality. Key partners and donors include the Heritage Green Community Trust, the City of Hamilton, and HCA also received funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada through the Canada Nature Fund.