Lower Maruyama River is a Ramsar site.
Lower Maruyama River and the surrounding rice paddies has been recently designated as a Ramsar Site. The site comprises the Maruyama River within Toyooka City, adjacent rice fields and the coastal area facing the Sea of Japan. It is famous for a successful reintroduction programme for the endangered Oriental White Stork Ciconia boyciana that began in 1955 after the species had become extinct in the biogeographic region. The rice paddies are water-logged in the winter in order, as surveys indicate that they provide habitat for 5,668 species in total. The people in Toyooka City rely on the lower Maruyama River as it provides a supply of water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use and is a source of food through its fisheries.
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