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SUSTAINABILITY OF THE NORTH CAMPUS POND

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The restoration of the North Campus Pond will serve a number of functions that promote sustainability within the University of Waterloo. These functions are categorized into ecological, environmental, and aesthetic sustainability.

2.1 Ecological Value

Currently, the pond maintains a variety of aquatic life, which would increase in diversity and abundance with the implementation of a restoration project. This will cause a corresponding increase in the ecological value of the pond and campus.

The implementation of a restoration plan should result in a healthy, low-maintenance or maintenance-free pond. The plan will also increase the ecological value by sustaining a healthy habitat for current and future dependents of the pond. This will improve its overall sustainability as an ecological system.

2.2 Educational Value

The pond has the potential to be used as an ongoing educational resource. It can be used continually as a greening the campus project for future students through monitoring and naturalization studies. The Biology department also plans to use the pond as a research and educational site for future students. This project can increase student awareness and appreciation of the pond. The results of this project can also be used for future pond restoration projects.

2.3 Aesthetic Value

Restoration of the pond will increase the aesthetic value of the area. This will provide an example of a sustainable ecosystem and will hopefully heighten awareness of environmental stewardship. Improving the aesthetic value of the pond also coincides with the University of Waterloo’s master plan for future improvements on campus (Couture 1998).

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