About the MTM Project
Monitoring the Moraine (MTM) is a collaborative
project between Citizens’ Environment Watch (CEW), STORM
Coalition (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine), and Centre for Community
Mapping (COMAP). It is designed to engage and sustain community
volunteers in science, stewardship, monitoring and decision-making
on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The project is supported by the Oak
Ridges Moraine Foundation, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation,
and Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), Environment
Canada... [read more]
The Moraine in Focus Photo Contest
Enter and you could win $1000 cash!
Sponsored by: Vancouver General Contractors condo renovation services
Presented by Caring for the Moraine Project, and the Monitoring the Moraine Project. This contest is made possible by the generous funding from the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation and the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation.
Recent Additions To This Website
Tree Identification Presentation [2 mb pdf]
Tree Identification Book [4 mb pdf]
These documents will assist viewers identify trees found within the Long Sault Conservation Area. Both the presentation and booklet review tree identification basics using buds, twigs, leaves and bark.
Check Your Watershed Day
170 people + 3 watersheds + 1 day = tons of fun.
On Saturday, July 21, 2007, over 170 people were out checking the health of the Duffins Creek, Oshawa Creek, and the Ganaraska River watersheds. Volunteers documented the flow conditions of small streams at stream crossings across the watersheds.
Regional Councillor Colleen Jordan (Durham & Ajax) & Councillor Joanne Dies (Ajax) measure wetted depth of a small stream.
Photo courtesy of J.Nakanishi.
In total, 682 square kilometers were covered and over 400 sites were visited. All of this work was done within a span of four hours. This information will be used to inform how those watersheds will be managed in the future.
In addition to the vast amount of data collected, it was also a great social and learning opportunity. One volunteer said “[i]t was a great time outdoors, and a chance to learn more about the environment”.
A huge thank you to all of the event partners and participants for making this day an unqualified success! And special thanks to our funders (the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation), and local sponsors (Town of Ajax, City of Oshawa, Municipality of Clarington and Port Hope, Township of Hamilton, and Veridian), who made the 2007 Check Your Watershed Day possible.
Check Your Watershed Day occurs annually on the third Saturday of July. For more information about the event, or to get involved next year, click here.
To view more photos from the 2007 Check Your Watershed Day, click here.
Moraine For Life Awards
The future ecological health of the Oak Ridges Moraine is in
good hands, if the 2007 “Moraine For Life” award recipients
are any indication. The awards, which honour outstanding efforts
in preserving the ecological integrity of the moraine, were presented
on Monday evening to winners ranging from a twelve-year-old girl
to a retiree.
[Photo by Peter Courchesne]
Left to right: Dorothy Izzard, retired schoolteacher, King Township;
Michaela Halsey, 12-year-old student, Township of Alnwick/Haldimand,
Northumberland; Bruno Nazzicone, Senator Homes; Elizabeth May,
Leader of the Green Party of Canada; Laura McDowell, Adrian Coombs,
Bala Araniyasundaran, Water and Wastewater Branch York Region;
Lynton Friedberg, Parks, Recreation & Culture Town of Richmond
Click here for full story
Ridges Moraine Symposium
February 12-13, 2007
Are we making progress in protecting the Moraine? What are the
success stories and lessons learned over the past five years?
What are the challenges that lie ahead?
Check Your Watershed Day!
Check your Watershed Day occured on July 22, 2006. This collaborative
community-based project educated and trained community participants
to collect valuable missing data on their local streams using
standardized methods found within the Ontario Stream Assessment
Durham Region's Wilmot Creek was the inaugural watershed for Check
your Watershed Day. Wilmot Creek is one of the many watersheds
that originate from the Oak Ridges Moraine. In fact, the goal
of this project is to eventually expand Check your Watershed Day
across the Oak Ridges Moraine and beyond southern Ontario.
For more information, please visit the MTM
Status Report on the Implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine
Conservation Plan: Implications for the Greenbelt Plan
[Released: June 15, 2006]
version (Landscaped) [3.6 MB]
(Lower resolution) [576 KB]
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