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September 27, 2000
City sponsors Oak Ridges Moraine display at Markham Fair September 28 - October 1
  
The City of Toronto is providing an Oak Ridges Moraine display at this fall's
Markham Fair from September 28 to October 1, 2000. The City's display shows how
the moraine was formed during the last ice age and why protecting it from
development is so important to Toronto.

The moraine is one of the last continuous green corridors in southern Ontario.
Its underground layers of sand and gravel filter rain and snow and then slowly
release it as cool fresh water to the headwaters of 65 river systems. The
headwaters of Toronto's Don, Rouge and Humber Rivers begin on the moraine.

Councillor John Adams, Co-Chair of the Oak Ridges Moraine Steering Committee,
will be attending the Fair on Sunday, October 1 from 11 a.m. to Noon.
Councillor Adams will discuss how the moraine is threatened by inappropriate
land uses and the serious effect this will have downstream on Toronto's
groundwater, water quality and quantity.

Environment groups such as STORM (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine), Earthroots, the
Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, the Citizens Alliance of Uxbridge and the Land
Use Planning Coalition will also be on hand throughout the Fair to talk about
the moraine.

When: Sunday, October 1, 2000

Time: 11 a.m. to Noon

Where: Markham Fair (McCowan Road and 18th Avenue/Elgin Mills in
Markham)


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