Once extremely abundant throughout all tributaries to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, the American Eel has declined nearly 99 per cent in Ontario. One of their greatest challenges is making it past barriers, such as hydro dams, along their migratory route. CWF is collaborating with Energy Ottawa to determine effectiveness of mitigation strategies, including a newly installed turbine bypass system for adult eels and an eel ladder that provides upstream passage for juvenile eels. With Ottawa River Keepers and the Algonquins of Ontario, we worked to ensure that the Province of Ontario issues a Government Response Statement (GRS) for the American Eel under the provincial Endangered
Species Act. Our efforts have led to a draft GRS now serving as interim policy until the statement is finalized. We also promoted the federal listing of American Eel as Threatened under the Species at Risk Act.