3.4 Ecological Integrity
- Few opportunities are available to
conserve minimally disturbed landscapes, but there are potential
restoration opportunities, including wetland restorations to improve and
increase habitat; native vegetation restoration along the upper watershed
channel corridor for streambank stability, erosion control, and habitat
connectivity; and urban forest restoration to increase evapotranspiration
and reduce runoff.
- Wetlands with high ecological values
are present and should be conserved and connected to provide wildlife
- Christmas Lake
is managed as a warm water-cool water lake and stocked with rainbow trout. It may be sensitive to thermal impacts,
or changes in groundwater flow.
Future development or redevelopment should take into account
potential thermal impacts to the lake’s biota from direct runoff of
stormwater, or from modifications to groundwater inputs.
- Detailed information is available on
aquatic vegetation in Christmas
Lake, but no
management plan is in place. Some
Eurasian watermilfoil is present.