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Explore the Geological and Water Landscapes of Toronto

Mar 30, 2011

(TORONTO - March 30) - On Wednesday, April 6, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) presents Lake Ontario Evenings -Landscape Edition. The fifth edition of the popular speaker series brings together an engaging pair of guests to explore the geological and water landscapes of Toronto. Attendees will find out what can be learned from our geological past, what made Toronto an attractive site for settlement, and how we have influenced the city's watersheds, streams, and shorelines. Speakers will include: Nick Eyles with the University of Toronto, Wayne Reeves from the City of Toronto, and the Toronto & Region Remedial Action Plan.

Copies of the Draft Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) Status Redesignation Documents for the Fish Tumours and Other Deformities and the Bird or Animal Deformities or Reproductive Problems BUIs will also be available at the event.  These reports provide evidence that fish along the Toronto and Region shoreline do not have unusually high rates of tumours, and that birds and wildlife in Toronto and Region are not suffering contaminant-mediated deformities or reproductive problems.  Written comments on these draft reports are welcome until April 19, 2011.

 

WHERE: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Toronto Rocks: A Billion Years of Environmental Change: Nick Eyles, Professor of Geology, University of Toronto
  • Settling By, On, and With Water: Early Experiences in Toronto: Wayne Reeves, Chief Curator, Museum Services, City of Toronto
  • CTC Source Water Protection Update: Beverley Thorpe, Project Manager - CTC Source Water Protection Region
  • Toronto & Region Remedial Action Plan Update: Stephanie Hawkins, Project Manager, Remedial Action Plan

Lake Ontario Evenings was started in 2009 in an effort to increase public interest in and awareness of issues facing Lake Ontario. Four events have been held so far on the themes of water diversions, biodiversity, the nearshore environment, and environmental contaminants. 

Remedial Action Plan

Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) are internationally mandated programs that address "hotspots" around the Great Lakes.  The Toronto Area of Concern was identified in 1985 when the city's waters and wildlife habitats were noticeably suffering negative effects from historic industrialization as well as continuing urbanization. The Toronto and Region RAP area covers over 2000 km2 and includes six major watersheds (Etobicoke Creek, Mimico Creek, Humber River, Don River, Highland Creek, Rouge River), 45 kilometres of waterfront, and the Toronto Harbour.  For more information visit the RAP at www.torontorap.ca .

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps 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.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

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