The property known as Thundering Waters is situated in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is comprised of 484 acres of old growth trees, savannah plains and mature forests - 220 acres of which are designated as provincially significant wetlands (forested swamps).

 

The land is privately owned by GR (CAN) Investment Group of China. GR (CAN), in cooperation with the city of Niagara Falls, is currently seeking the approvals required for a mega-development on this pristine site. Upscale housing for 10,000 people along with the requisite infrastructure and transportation investments would wipe out the forest and do irreparable damage to the wetlands. The mayor of Niagara Falls has led an active campaign to have the provincial protections on the wetlands removed in order to facilitate an even grander development plot.

 

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), the very organization that should be leading the resistance against this development, has ignored their mandated responsibilities. 

 

The only hope for Thundering Waters is the voice of the people.

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Thundering Waters is habitat to many threatened and rare species including ancient Black Gum and Wild Honey Locust trees. Snapping Turtles can be found throughout the site as well as Milk Snakes (a species at risk), Blue Spotted Salamanders and Wood Thrush. In fact, the variety of life supported at Thundering Waters is so diverse that to date it has not been fully identified or categorized. Thundering Waters is one of the last few remaining forested swamps in Canada. These wetland communities have a higher density of life form than any other habitat in the country and are among the rarest.

photo by: Emma Lee Fleury

photo by: Emma Lee Fleury

The developer has stated publicly that if they do not get the provincial protections for these wetlands removed, they will simply develop the surrounding savannah and forest which is not protected. If this is permitted to happen, the wetlands will eventually choke off and die. It's likely that the wetlands could not survive the influx of 10,000 humans with their pesticides, road salts, cleaning chemicals and bike paths.

 

The time to save Thundering Waters is now.

 

There is no development in the world that can equal what the Thundering Waters forested swamp contributes to all of us, and there is no scientific evidence proving that these ancient wetlands can be replaced or replicated.