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August 4, 2022
In October 2019, Council passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency to deepen our commitment to protecting our economy, our community, and our ecosystems from the climate crisis. During that resolution, Council acknowledged that municipalities bear much of the financial burden associated with climate change and that climate solutions not only reduce carbon output but may also offer multiple benefits. Climate-based solutions can lead to improved health and air quality, greater community resilience, economic development, and reduced costs.
Council’s commitment to support these solutions comes through the Town’s Community Based Strategic Plan (2020-2023), under the Goal: enhance community well-being and sustainability. The objective of this goal is to “preserve the town’s environment and take action on climate change”, which identifies that the Town should work to “baseline and improve Town’s environmental performance measures” within one (1) to three (3) years. Ongoing stream health monitoring has already begun with the objective of identifying ways which the Town can begin to improve our natural environment.
By developing a better understanding of the status of Collingwood’s urban streams, the Town can work to enhance stream health through projects to ensure the stream remains a viable habitat for native species.
Over the next 4 years, Collingwood in collaboration with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA), is undertaking an enhanced stream health analysis project to better understand and discover the health our urban streams.
The goal of the project is to better understand and characterize the health of Pretty River and Black Ash Creek. By sampling water chemistry, aquatic insects, and fish the Town can compare the results from NVCA’s 2018 Watershed Health Checks to monitor changes and implement improvement projects.
Rivers reflect the communities through which they flow. Good river stewardship upstream benefits those living downstream. But also, bad practices are reflected in downstream conditions.
When you measure water quality at one point on a river, it’s a summary of the impacts of the river upstream. Both Pretty River and Black Ash Creek originate from the Niagara Escarpment and pass through the Town of the Blue Mountains and Clearview before passing through Collingwood.
Join the Town’s own Climate Action Specialist Nicole Yardy and NVCA staff at the Sidelaunch Days Festival. The information booth will be in the vendor area on the Promenade (sidelaunchdays.ca). By visiting our booth, you can enter for your chance to win a Sunset Cruise for 2, courtesy of Collingwood Charters.
To learn more about the project please visit: www.collingwood.ca/streams
For more information, contact:
Manager, Public Relations
Town of Collingwood
705-445-1030 Ext. 3274
Climate Change Specialist
Town of Collingwood
T. 704-445-1030 Ext. 4221
Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA)
T. 705-424-1479 Ext. 254