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We need to protect our vital water resources. Urban sprawl is developing and paving over sensitive stream headwater and groundwater areas. Protected areas like the Greenbelt, green infrastructure in our communities, and ‘low impact development’ landscaping installations, such as rain gardens, bioswales, soakaway pits and greenroofs, all help to protect our groundwater systems, and prevent pollutants from entering creeks and lakes.
One of our OCA Youth Stewards leaders, Christine Macpherson, is doing her part by sharing ways we can all take action to protect water quality and groundwater:
~ You Can Help to Protect Our Groundwater ~
Groundwater is an essential resource that provides clean drinking water to over 30% of the Canadian population. Groundwater is found below our forests, farmlands, and cities, yet most people do not understand its true importance in our daily lives. Although invisible to the human eye, we use it for farming, drinking water, and for industrial processes. Not only is this resource important, it is also more vulnerable now than ever before.
Our groundwater is being depleted in many areas across Canada due to over-pumping and pollution. The quality of our groundwater matters just as much as its quantity. The use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers infiltrates through groundwater into our water supply, increasing the need for chemicals used in purification.
There are many ways that we can help to protect our groundwater. It can be as simple as turning off the tap while brushing your teeth. Another way is to plant native grasses and gardens with plants native to the climate of Ontario. These plants will reduce the need for chemical applications and extensive watering, protecting our groundwater in the process. Some species of grass native to Ontario are sweetgrass and bluestem grass. More information on plants native to Ontario can be found here.
It is also important to properly manage hazardous waste (batteries, pharmaceuticals, motor oil, etc). Most communities, including the Halton region, have facilities to properly dispose of this waste. Hazardous materials can be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton. In doing this, we keep toxic chemicals out of our water supply and also protect the environment.
In conclusion, we need to protect this essential resource. It may not be as visible as the lakes and rivers that flow through Canada, but it is just as important.
OCA Youth Steward Leader
It has been a great year of environmental stewardship and learning! We would like to acknowledge the hard work of the many supporters we have had and are so proud of!
We strive to build a stronger community through our tree planting and educational initiatives and this year, it has once again been inspiring to see the community coming together and making a difference! Many thanks to the 3140 volunteers who came out this year, rain or shine, to plant trees, pick up litter, remove invasive plants, maintain schoolyard trees, and plant and care for pollinator gardens. We were fortunate to work with over 60 schools, community groups, corporate teams, and supporting partners this past year! Thank you Oakville, together we planted over 2000 trees!
We believe Environmental Education is key to developing attitudes and actions that have a positive impact on our urban ecosystems. We were thrilled to be able to connect with more than 3000 Oakville students and residents through our education presentations, hands-on environmental workshops, tree care days, pollinator garden and tree tenders training workshops, tree tours, and urban forest cycle tour. In total, we hosted 239 environmental outreach events!
Urban nature restoration sites got some extra TLC this year at Glen Oak Trail, Beechnut Woods, Clearview Woods, Arbourview Woods, Lion’s Valley Park, Oak Park, Shell Park, Millstone Park, Castlefield Park, North Munn’s Creek, Pelee Woods, Woodgate Woods, Indian Ridge Trail, and Falling Green Pond A big shout-out to our corporate partners and supporters who joined us during our Corporate Greening Day and public events: Ian Martin Group, PwC, Booking.com, Telus Mobility, UPS, and Mindshape.
Thanks to dedicated corporate teams, our OCA Youth Stewards, and students participating in our GreenRoots program, we removed over 12 truckloads of harmful invasive plants from our woodlands. Better still, our monitoring of trees that we’ve planted in previous years with volunteers, showed that our trees are doing well – with a survival rate above 85% at all sites!
Our new pollinator garden is another exciting endeavor that started in 2018! The Butterfly Wing garden at Memorial Park, adjacent to the Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House is beginning to take flight, thanks to the support from the Town of Oakville Horticultural department, a grant from Landscape Ontario’s Toronto Chapter, and amazing volunteers. We will continue with this project in 2019 to transition the space into a beautiful pollinator oasis.
Our Backyard Tree Planting Program (in partnership with LEAF – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) planted 101 native trees and 89 shrubs in Oakville backyards! Through this program Oakville property owners have the chance to meet with an arborist to discuss their tree planting options and choose native trees or shrubs for their backyard, multi-unit property or business property. Trees are delivered and planted by knowledgeable staff at a subsidized price, thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Town of Oakville.
Oakvillegreen’s Ready for Rain program also kicked off in 2018!
Thanks to support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we will be building raingarden demonstration sites in Oakville and sharing more ways you can absorb rainwater where it falls, reduce flooding, and keep pollution out of our creeks and Lake Ontario.
On behalf of the staff and board of Oakvillegreen, THANK YOU for your enthusiasm, hard work and commitment! Thank you for caring for the environment and for empowering others as well! We couldn’t have done all of the above without you. See you in 2019!
Giving Tuesday is here! On this day millions of people come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
At Oakvillegreen, we want to celebrate #GivingTuesday by turning it into #GivingTreesDay! Here are some ways you can give to the trees, and help us grow a greener Oakville.
- Become a member or donate to Oakvillegreen to support our education programs, tree planting and stewardship activities – this year your donations allowed us to engage over 6000 students in environmental education and stewardship, plant 2000 native trees, add another pollinator garden, and remove invasive species from our local woodlots
- Plant a tree in your backyard – sign up for the Oakville subsidized backyard tree planting program to receive an arborist consultation, a native tree, delivery and planting service for a subsidized price and give future generations the gift of a beautiful, health urban forest
- Teach kids about the value of nature – sign your teen up for our Youth Stewards program or tell your child’s teacher about our education programs for school and groups and give our future leaders the gift of environmental literacy and awareness
- Plan a rain garden! We can help! – you’ll be helping to keep our creeks clean, prevent flooding, and create beautiful habitat for butterflies and birds
- Volunteer at Oakvillegreen events – sign up for our e-newsletter to learn about our volunteer opportunities and give your time at one of our tree planting, invasive species removal, or pollinator events
If you want more ideas about how to give on #GivingTuesday, check out #OakvilleGives: https://givingtuesday.ca/partners/oakville-gives
We hope that you will consider giving what you can, and that you have a safe and happy holiday season!
Oakvillegreen Conservation Association