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Advancing the Saltfleet Conservation Project

Did you know the four new wetlands in the Saltfleet Conservation Area Wetland Restoration Program will hold as much water as 236 Olympic-size swimming pools? This will greatly reduce the downstream flood risk and erosion to the residents and businesses operating below the escarpment in Stoney Creek.

Significant progress on this project has been largely due to the generous $2 million commitment from the Heritage Green Community Trust. On May 27, 2024, staff from the Hamilton Conservation Authority and Foundation attended the Trust’s Annual General Meeting, where $818,231.98 in grants were distributed to local community organizations. The Hamilton Conservation Foundation was especially thankful to receive $500,000 from the Trust to support their efforts.

Saltfleet now hosts unique natural features like marshy fields, woodlots, and 50 species of breeding birds. It’s the only conservation area in east Hamilton, offering new opportunities for hiking, biking, and outdoor activities. The Hamilton Conservation Foundation is eager to continue collaborating with the community to raise funds to help complete the project. The final parcel of land needed for the project was acquired in December 2023. The first wetland area was finished in 2022, and planning for the second and third wetlands is well underway.

We look forward to keeping you updated on the project’s progress!

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