Learn about the Nutrient Retention Capacity of Wetlands in Southwestern Ontario

Iowa Learning Farms will hold a webinar Feb. 17 to highlight research in Ontario, Canada

February 10, 2021, 2:09 pm | Hilary Pierce

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 17, will highlight research being done on the nutrient retention capacity of newly restored wetlands in Ontario, Canada.

Wetlands have been identified as natural infrastructure to help protect downstream water quality. However, wetland drainage has resulted in widespread loss of wetlands across the rural working landscape of southwestern Ontario, Canada.

Man examining a wetland.Due to similarities in landscape and land use, the challenges faced in the rural working lands of Ontario reflect challenges here in Iowa, said Hilary Pierce, extension outreach specialist with Iowa Learning Farms. The nutrient retention capacity of restored wetlands in similar regions can be useful for better understanding the capabilities of wetlands closer to home. 

Bryan Page, research biologist with Ducks Unlimited Canada, will report on the first year of results investigating the nutrient retention capacity of newly restored wetlands in the Canadian portion of the Lake Erie watershed.

“In settled areas of Canada, up to 70% of our wetlands have already been destroyed or degraded. As they continue to disappear, so too do the many benefits they provide,” said Page. “Newly restored wetlands retain nutrients on the landscape and help protect our lakes.”

Page received degrees in environmental science and chemistry both at the University of Manitoba. Since he joined Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research in 2008, his research has focused on the behavior of nutrients in restored, constructed and intact wetlands across the prairie pothole region and southwestern Ontario.

Webinar Access Instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before 12 p.m. CST on Feb. 17:

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available online.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Original photo: Bryan Page, research biologist with Ducks Unlimited Canada, examining a wetland.

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