YR Student Water Conservation Program

Image result for york regionYR Student Water Conservation Program is a program runs by York Region, involving students in York Region. Student Water Conservation Program does different kinds of projects such as Beach Water Testing, Drinking Water Source Protection and etc., all by students and managers of York Region. York Region Student Water Conservation Program is very significant in a way that students are being responsible by their own wills of protecting the environment of their neighbor, and the solutions to the pre-existing problems are being researched by running different projects. For more information of York Region Student Water Conservation Program, visit (http://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/environment/yr/waterandwastewater/studentwaterconservationprograms/)

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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.

Nature Aurora

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Nature Aurora is a working group of volunteer citizen scientists aimed at protecting, preserving, and enhancing ecologically important wildlife habitats in Aurora, Ontario.

The project pages detail some of the different initiatives that we have worked on or are ongoing, including nest box monitoring, breeding bird studies, storm water pond monitoring, a master plan for the Ivy Jay Community Nature Reserve, and more.

Current Projects :

  • Community Nest Box Monitoring
  • Ivy Jay Community Nature Reserve
  • SwiftWatch(Ontario)
  • Breeding Birds Of Aurora Study
  • Outing and Field Trips

Past Projects :

  • Breeding Birds Of The Oak Ridges Moraine (2010)
  • Town Of Aurora Stormwater Ponds Vegetation and Wildlife Study (2007)
  • BIRDS OF DIDSBURY (UK) AND THE SURROUNDING DISTRICT (1900-2000)
  • PROJECT NEST BOX – SCHOOL NEST WATCH PROGRAM (2010)
  • BREEDING BIRDS OF THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE (2000)
  • Proposal For The Creation Of  A Community Wildlife Park In Aurora (1998)

visit their website to learn more about them and their projects:

https://natureaurora.ca/

Youth Environmental Network of York Region

Youth Environmental Network of York Region, YENYR, is a non-profit YENYRorganization that is composed of young leaders who represent various schools in York Region. It was founded in 2007 by Vino Jeyapalan, a Grade 10 student attending Markville Secondary School in Markham with a purpose of raising awareness environmental issues among youth people in York Region. Different events are held by YENYR, to support environment in York Region, and also project that are fundraised to improve litter and local environmental quality, water and recycling, water and etc., and the region includes the oak ridges moraine, where different types of environmental issues occur and is not very aware to the people. For more information about their partners, projects, achievements and goals, visit the website below.

http://www.yenyr.com/

Ontario Trails

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Ontario Trails provides people information about trails that are in a province in Ontario. Trails can be searched by its region, cities, activities and lastly by names. The website does not only help citizens to have good experience in different trails, but also allows people to report existing problems in trails that Ontario Trails have responsibility of in order to provide better service and improve experience for the people who are on the trail. Lastly, the website provides information about what type of business that is undergoing the trails and all the information above include the information about Oak Ridges Trail. Visit a website below for further information.

As a major stakeholder in the development of the Ontario Trails Strategy, the OTC was pleased to see 30 years of hard work represented in this first provincial policy statement for Ontario. We also acknowledge the development of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) as the lead Ministry for trails in Ontario.

With over 220 economic development, tourism, planning, recreation, park and club organizations, municipalities, conservation areas as members, the OTC is the largest trail association of its type in Canada. We continue to reach out to new stakeholders and create new working groups at the regional level. It supports our goal of making a difference locally, while acting provincially.

OTC Goals :

  • Continue to increase the number, length, variety and accessibility of trails throughout the province
  • Provide government and other public bodies with an informed, credible voice in support of trail interest groups
  • Promote the safe and responsible use of trails
  • Act as a provincial resource centre for trail information
  • Encourage the establishment of the Trillium Trail Network

OTC Background :

The Ontario Trails Council was established in 1988. We started as a coalition of trail user groups such as hikers, cyclists, snowmobilers and equestrians who shared an interest in trails and in the conservation of abandoned rail lines for use as trails.

Visit a website below for further information about OTC.

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/

Toronto and Region Conservation for The Living City

UntitledToronto and Region Conservation for The Living City is an organization that gives information about Toronto Region’s environmental health and sustainability. In THE LIVING CITY REPORT : GRADING THE GTA’S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH section of the website, detailed progress on sustainability in the GTA, it focueses on the six themes, which are carbon, air quality, water, waste, land use and biodiversity.

Who they are :

With more than 60 years of experience, TRCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Working with municipalities and other partners to look after the watersheds of the Toronto region and its Lake Ontario waterfront, we help people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity.

What they do :

  • Take care of nine watersheds and the Lake Ontario shoreline, in partnership with municipalities, the Province and other stakeholders in the communities we serve.
  • Work to preserve and protect the land, improve wildlife and plant habitats.
  • Encourage people of all ages to get out and enjoy nature for optimal health and well-being.
  • Monitor and report on the health of Toronto’s environment
  • Provide input and expertise on water management, resource conservation, natural heritage and cultural heritage.
  • Run programs that teach a greater appreciation of the environment and ways to adopt sustainable technologies
  • Reduce human impact on natural resources while acquiring, protecting and restoring conservation lands to further watershed and resource management

Why it matters :

TRCA is creating a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, and aims to improve the health of the natural environment and create opportunities for a sustainable future. By doing so, they insure they live in harmony with nature and are a healthier society as a whole.

URL below provides further information about The Living City Report Card 2016.

https://reportcard.trca.ca/

For more information about TRCA, visit the website below.

https://trca.ca/

Toronto and Region Conservation Association

Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel, TRCA has a strong history in watershed management and leadership in applying sustainability practices.  Today, we own more than 40,000 acres of land in the Toronto region, employ more than 475 full time employees and coordinate hundreds of volunteers each year.

With decades of practical experience in protecting our environment, educating young people, and engaging communities, TRCA works with governments, businesses, and individuals to build a greener, cleaner healthier place to live

To learn more about how to conserve you environment go to the link below:

https://trca.ca/about/