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TRCA Tommy Thompson Wetland Park, Toronto
Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is located on the Leslie Street Spit, a 5 kilometre man-made peninsula that extends into Lake Ontario just east of downtown Toronto. Historically, the spit was used for industrial and shipping activities and disposal of rubble and fill from the construction industry and sediment dredging. Through a partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Coca-Cola is supporting a project that focuses on a 9.5-hectare disposal cell (Cell 2) that reached capacity in 1997. The ecological conditions within the cell prior to the project were incredibly poor as a result of contaminated sediments and limited habitat quality.
The sediments that made up the aquatic substrate within the cell exceed Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines for contaminated sediments. Through
Once complete, this project will provide more than 1 billion liters per year in replenish benefits in addition to restoring vital aquatic habitat and providing unique recreational opportunities for Toronto’s urban community.
Rain Barrel Donation Program
Ducks Unlimited Wetland Protection, Saskatchewan
Ducks Unlimited and Coca-Cola have partnered on wetland conservation activities in the Prairie Pothole Region of Canada. The Prairie Pothole Region is an area of the northern Great Plains that contains thousands of shallow wetlands known as potholes or kettle ponds. These wetlands serve as a freshwater source and breeding ground habitat that is vital to waterfowl in the region.
“This is a great example of a win-win partnership,” Ducks Unlimited Director of Development Shawn Battison said. “Coca-Cola obtained another 121 million liters towards their water neutrality goal, and Ducks Unlimited restored and permanently protected another 121 acres of vital wetland habitat in the most important breeding area for North America’s waterfowl.”
Although wetlands are consistently regarded as among the most valuable ecosystems, unfortunately they are also among the most threatened in North America. By protecting existing wetlands and restoring degraded ones,
Working with landowners,
The Coca-Cola Foundation grant to Ducks Unlimited was also used to restore 46 acres of wetlands on permanently secured land in the Prairie Pothole Region. The benefits resulting from the restoration of these previously degraded wetland basins will continue in perpetuity as part of Ducks Unlimited’s Revolving Land Conservation Program. Under this program Ducks Unlimited purchases habitat, restores wetlands and adjacent upland areas, puts a perpetual conservation easement on the land and sells the property back into the community for use under sustainable agricultural practices that protect its hydrology for waterfowl habitat.
“It’s partnerships like this one with Ducks Unlimited that will help us meet our water neutrality goal by 2020, which is to put back into nature an amount of fresh water equal to what we use in our finished beverages,” said Bill Schultz, President of Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada Company.