Murray Marsh is one of the largest remaining wetlands in southeastern Ontario. It is situated in the heart of the Lower Trent Conservation watershed region and is affectionately dubbed the ‘Amazon of the Trent River valley’. Encompassing approximately 3,760 hectares (~ 10,000 acres), Murray Marsh is classified as a provincially significant wetland and is of regional significance for wildlife. This wetland is the only major flood water storage area for the Trent River south of Campbellford. It also serves as a giant filtration system for nutrients, improving the water quality in the Trent River. Almost 50 per cent of Murray Marsh is protected with the combined ownership of approximately 4,800 acres between Lower Trent Conservation and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
More the 80 % of Ontario’s population receives their drinking water from a municipal drinking water system. Municipalities, Conservation Authorities, and Source Protection Authorities others play a strong role in ensuring that municipally treated drinking water is safe for our use.