Tag Archives: water quality

If you go away this Winter don’t forget our top tip

Now that the weather is turning colder many of us are turning south. A lot of people enjoy spending, at least some part of, winter in warmer climates. Can you blame them? It always feels so freeing when you can walk outside without the process of hats, boots, mitts and parka first.

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Take Pride in our Region this Earth Day

Earth Day is a great time to celebrate the wonders of nature that make this planet special. Our landscape defines us as Canadiansand Earth Day marks a fantastic time on the calendar to look at our landscape and reflect on what we see.

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2016 Water Quality Report is Out

Forty volunteers, 19 sites, 1,300 hours, a lengthy region-wide drought, and urban pollution are just some of the highlights from this report.

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Stamping out Your Carbon Footprint

When brainstorming methods to improve your ecological footprint, the common examples such as recycling, turning the lights off, and carpooling come to mind. There are many other approaches, however, which will help you become more environmentally cautious.

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‘Tis the season for giving back

Everywhere you look there are sparkly lights, holiday events and Christmas shoppers. I think Orillia must be one of the most generous communities around – one reason why I love living here.

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Notes from the Field: Scout Valley

This summer drought has dried up may creeks around the region, and highlighted the importance of protected headwaters. Mill Creek originates in the wetland above Scout Valley and then winds it way through the forest and downhill to join up with Ben’s Ditch.

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New discoveries at Grant Wetland

Our water monitoring project is growing and moving into town this year. Every time we add a new site we learn so much we wish we had done it sooner. We console ourselves with the adage: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

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Making Waves with Citizen Science

Citizen science demonstrates the power of volunteers to make a difference to our natural environment. Learn about our Water Quality team from our volunteer interns.

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Protecting our lake’s lifelines

Headwaters are like the foundation of a building, and if they are compromised, so is the entire watershed. If the headwater stream stays cold year-round, it is of primary importance because it provides the larger, lower portions of the river with a steady base flow of clean water.

We have a group of volunteers testing these headwaters through a Water Quality Project.

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Water Quality: Testing Our Assumptions

For a decade now the Conservancy has been building fences on the properties we manage to keep cattle out of streams, and then creating alternative watering sources for cattle to access. We’ve also been helping other ranchers in the area to do the same.

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