Good news! The largest conservation authority in Ontario just announced it wants to grow the Greenbelt to include a number of vital headwaters connecting the Greenbelt to Lake Ontario.
At a recent board meeting, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) passed a motion encouraging the province to protect 16,000 acres of sensitive headwater areas in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The proposed protected waterways include the Rouge, Don, and Humber rivers, and Etobicoke and Carruthers creeks.
The motion passed thanks to the efforts of two Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt -- Ajax Councillor Colleen Jordan and Toronto Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker.
"The headwaters are the most sensitive water resources, and the most worthy of protection," Councillor Jordan said in an interview with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "Ajax is downstream. Anything that happens upstream affects us. For example, if the headwaters of Carruthers Creek aren’t protected, we will be at higher risk of flooding and erosion, and water quality will suffer."
|Humber River, Photo by Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation||
See larger Headwaters map.
We have until October 31, 2016 to ask the provincial government to permanently protect Ontario's clean drinking water for generations to come. Read our top six reasons to protect the headwaters, and take action to Grow Our Greenbelt!
Now is the time to show your support for growing the Greenbelt in the Headwaters!
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