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August 17, 2001
Steering Committee endorses funding to protect lands and water quality on the Oak Ridges Moraine
  
Works and Emergency Services - The City of Toronto's Oak Ridges Moraine
Steering Committee is recommending that City Council endorse a $60,000 grant to
the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust (ORMLT) for the cost of securing land
donations or easement rights.

The ORMLT is currently coordinating several large donations of land on the
moraine valued at over $2.4 million dollars. The City of Toronto funding, over
the next two years, would go towards the costs of surveys, audits, ecological
evaluations and appraisals.

"This grant is integral to the City's efforts to protect the quantity and
quality of water originating on the moraine," says committee vice-chair,
Councillor Raymond Cho. "Much of the natural land to be conserved lies within
the watersheds of the six Toronto rivers and other GTA rivers feeding Lake
Ontario."

"The steering committee is taking positive action to help preserve the natural
integrity of the Oak Ridges Moraine and its capacity to provide clean water for
Toronto's rivers and Lake Ontario," said Ernie Baltz of the Oak Ridges Moraine
Land Trust. "The grant will allow the ORMLT to continue to assist landowners on
the moraine who want to ensure that their land will be conserved in its natural
state."

The ORMLT is in the process of securing a total of 1000 acres on the moraine.

For more information on the moraine, visit the City's web site at www.city.toronto.on.ca/m
oraine


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