Over the years Ottawa Riverkeeper has worked to increase awareness for endangered species living in the watershed through outreach efforts as well as through participation in recovery measures. However, this work is not without its challenges. Some species have life cycles that are dependant on others meaning protection efforts for one species can involve protecting several. Also, many species are only listed as at risk by one province highlighting that species within the same river have different types of protection depending on which side of the border they are found. Additionally, very few species in our watershed are listed federally. This complicated regulatory landscape is one of the challenges we face as an organization that works in a multi-jurisdictions watershed. Regardless of the provincial and federal status, the species on our watershed require a healthy and protected river to thrive.
Ontario’s Review of the Endangered Species Act (February 2019)
About the American Eel (September 2015)
The American Eel: Help Save these Lovely Ladies (December 2014)
Fish Species at Risk in the Ottawa River (June 2014)