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May 31, 2000
Toronto Launches Oak Ridges Moraine Web Site
The City of Toronto's new Web site on the Oak
Ridges Moraine is now available to the public.

The Web site contains valuable information on the history and formation of the
moraine lands, why they are important to Toronto and how we can help encourage
preservation for future generations. The site also contains important links to
other sites, a question and answer section and beautiful photographs of these
ecologically-sensitive lands.

"We hope residents will take the time to visit our new Web site and learn more
about the moraine's significance to the quality of life and water in Toronto,"
said Councillors David Miller and John Adams, Co-chairs of the Oak Ridges
Moraine Steering Committee. "The moraine contains the headwaters of 65 river
systems and has a wide diversity of streams, woodlands, wetlands, kettle lakes
as well as native plants, birds, and animals."

Toronto City Council has recognized the importance of preserving this valuable
part of our heritage. The moraine crosses many regions and local governments
must take the total impact of any proposed development into consideration. The
city also believes the province needs to take more of a leadership role in
protecting the moraine.

In addition, the city is working with non-government organizations to increase
awareness of the need to protect the entire 160 kms of the moraine from the
Niagara Escarpment to Rice Lake.

Residents can find out more background by visiting such Web sites as and

Media Contact
Councillor John Adams

Councillor David Miller



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