York Region Environmental Alliance

The YREA is a group focused on bringing awareness to important environmental issues with in the York Region including:

  • Food sources : natural vs toxic
  • Clothing: Was the production of the clothes met fairly
  • Carbon Foot Print: Car and electrical waste
  • Environmental Waste: Pollution, littering and unintentional damage

They also include certain information such as:

  • Giving information on living sustainable lifestyles
  • Ways we interact with the inviroment
  • Toxicity and how to reduce it
  • Promoting healthier lifestyles
  • Projects on improving quality of life within York Region

Although this is a very brief look on what they have to offer, if you’re interested on seeing how you can help the environment and would like more information on York Regions part of doing so, you can follow this link to their website and hopefully find everything you’ll need. They do update regularly and have recent news posted up on their front page.

http://yrea.org/

 

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Oak Ridges Moraine: land use designations

This data set was created to provide land use information on the Oak Ridges Moraine and is the basis for Ontario Regulation 140/02.

The data was digitized at 1:10,000 or better using 0.5 metre air photos, MNR, DMTI, Upper and Lower-tier Official Plans and digital vector layers.

To view, click the link below:

https://www.javacoeapp.lrc.gov.on.ca/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home?uuid=4e23f1bd-ddc7-4075-941f-ad2a2260435b

Oak Ridges Moraine Land And Trust

When the glaciers of the Wisconsin ice age retreated some 11,000 years ago they left the giant ridge of sediment we now know as the Oak Ridges Moraine. Southern Ontario was a bleak and chilly place.

Woolly Mammoths roamed the perimeter of giant lakes, many times larger than our current “Great Lakes”. At this time, the Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) would have looked like arctic tundra, with only a few small coniferous trees and sparse vegetation able to grow in the stark rocky landscape.

The forests of the Moraine grew and changed, ultimately evolving into a complex ecosystem that sustained a diversity of wildlife under a towering canopy of oaks, sugar maples, beech, and many other tree species.

The Moraine has been shaped by the forces of nature and the forces of human occupation. What happens in the future will depend on understanding the past and by acting now to find a course of sustainability.

Want to learn more about the history of Oak Ridges Moraine?

visit the website below:

http://www.oakridgesmoraine.org/occupants.html

SPECIES: Some of the Beauty That Lives on the Moraine

The unusual diversity of faces inhabiting the Oak Ridges Moraine is due largely to the Moraine’s vast array of habitats ranging from old growth forest, to kettle lakes, to the rare tallgrass prairie.

 

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The Eastern Meadowlark was once a common bird of spring in Ontario. It is known by its penetrating whistle, said to sound like ‘spring is here’

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The best known and most common of Ontario’s large mammals, the white-tailed deer is our only species of small deer and our most common. Most often seen in the early morning or late afternoon, white-tailed deer tend to have a home range of between one and three hundred acres.

 

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Red-tailed Hawk is one of our most common hawks, recognizable by the distinctive rusty reddish feathers in its fanned tail. Its incredibly expansive range includes almost all of North America from arctic tree line to desert. While they might not always be seen, they are often heard, recognizable by their rasping 2-part descending screech.

 

Geology of Oak Ridges Moraine

geology2.pngIn oakridgeswater.ca, very detailed maps and explanations of Oak Ridges Moraine geology is provided, and also about the history of Oak Ridges Moraine hydrogeology program. Since the information that is provided includes expert’ interpretation and data integration of Oak Ridges Moraine geology, it is a good source of information for someone who is interested in starting a project related to the area.

About oakridgeswater.ca :

The Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) is a 160-km long ridge of sand, silt and gravel deposits that is oriented approximately east-west, and lies north of Lake Ontario. The site encompasses and, extends north, east and west from the City of Toronto within the province of Ontario in Canada.

Program Mandate :

To provide a multi-agency, collaborative approach to collecting, analyzing and disseminating water resource data as a basis for effective stewardship of water resources. The YPDT-CAMC Groundwater Management Program is to build, maintain and provide to partnered agencies the regional geological and hydrogeological context for ongoing groundwater studies and management initiatives within the partnership area.

As such, the program will:

1. Build and maintain a master database of water related information that is accessible to all partner agencies.

2. Build and maintain a digital geological construction of the subsurface layers that is accessible to all partner agencies.

3. Build and/or maintain numerical groundwater flow model(s) that can be used to address any number of issues that arise at the partner agencies.

4. Coordinate and lead investigations that will acquire new field data to strategically infill key data gaps.

5. Provide technical support to Source Water Protection Teams to ensure that interpretations used in source water are consistent with the regional understanding.

6. Provide technical support to planning authorities to ensure that Official Plan policies are developed in a manner which makes them consistent with up to date groundwater science as derived from the program.

7. Provide technical support to all partnered agencies for addressing other Provincial Legislation.

In order to understand and characterize the hydrogeology of the ORM, the York-Peel-Durham-Toronto (YPDT) coalition and the Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition (CAMC) have initiated regional and local-scale groundwater studies.

Lead Agencies :

  • the Regional Municipalities of York, Peel, and Durham, and the City of Toronto (YPDT)
  • the Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition (CAMC) consisting of the nine conservation authorities with jurisdiction on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

For more information about Oak Ridges Moraine and its geology, visit oakridegeswater.ca.

Protecting The Oak Ridges Moraine

Consider what an acre of green space, whether covered with forest, wetlands or open meadow does for you; cleaning air, cooling the climate, cleaning and regulating water, protecting you from run-off and erosion, sheltering wildlife, contributing to pollination, providing a space for recreation, dispersal of seeds and several other functions. Now, consider that 90% of the Oak Ridges Moraine is in private ownership. Whose job is it to protect these life-sustaining functions? The task of protection is not just for landowners, but all who enjoy these public benefits. That’s you, and me, and all of us. Legislation to protect the ecological functions and open spaces of the Oak Ridges Moraine is not enough.

To continue your research on how to protect the moraine, go to:

http://www.oakridgesmoraine.org/protect.html

Facts About Oak Ridges Moraine

The Oak Ridges Moraine is a land form unique to southern Ontario. One of Ontario’s largest moraines, the Oak Ridges Moraine extends 160 kilometers from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the Trent River system in the east, and is on average 13 kilometers wide.

Here is a link below to find out more facts about ORM:

http://www.oakridgesmoraine.org/qfacts.html