Riverfront Park Tidal Marsh
Habitat Enhancement work on the Riverfront Park Tidal Marsh Project was completed in May 1993.
About the project
The project involved construction of a rock containment berm and placement of appropriate fill material for establishment of an intertidal bench on which a variety of different brackish marsh vegetation, most notably Lyngbye’s sedge, have become established through a combination of transplanting and natural colonization. Establishment of a productive intertidal brackish marsh along this stretch of shoreline, which was previously an eroding and unvegetated slope with low habitat values, has provided food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife. Wildlife that utilize the site include invertebrates (i.e. chironomids), fish (i.e. over 20 species of anadromous and freshwater fishes), waterbirds including ducks (i.e. mallards, American widgeon and green-winged teal), Canada geese and gulls, shorebirds, wading birds (i.e. great blue heron) and other wildlife such as raccoons and beavers. Most notably, at high tide this brackish marsh provides important feeding and cover habitat for juvenile coho, chinook and chum salmon and foraging and roosting habitat for waterbirds during high and low tides.