15 wetlands assessed near Williston Reservoir

Photo: Chu Cho Environmental

Wetlands flagged for restoration

Fifteen wetlands near the Williston Reservoir were assessed as part of a traditional ecological study conducted by members of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Chu Cho Environmental.

Fifty-three percent of the wetlands assessed were found to be healthy, 34% were healthy with some problems, and 13% were assessed as unhealthy. A healthy wetland typically has wildlife, insects, varied plant communities, and water present.

Based on these assessments, the project’s proposed next steps include restoration plans for three high-priority sites. Future restoration aims to preserve the Tsay Keh Dene Nation’s ability to harvest food and medicine from the wetlands and protect the habitat of native plants, waterfowl, wildlife, and amphibians.

More: PEA-F20-W-2966