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September 14, 2005
Don River Task Force invites Toronto residents to become part of the Water Pollution Solution
The Task Force to Bring Back the Don will hold an exciting interactive workshop
and planting event on October 1 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Todmorden Mills
Heritage Museum and Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve. Entitled
"Understanding the Role of Urban Wetlands in Wet Weather Flow Management," the
workshop combines an on-the-ground planting activity with education sessions
focused on what we can all do to improve water quality in the Don River.

The City of Toronto's Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan, now referred to
as the Water Pollution Solution, states that one of the most effective ways to
improve water quality is for residents to reduce the amount of stormwater
run-off going into the City's storm sewers and ensuring the run-off is clean.
The workshop will demonstrate how easy "lot-level" improvements at home can be,
from disconnecting a downspout to native plant gardening.

The education session will also include a planting activity at the Todmorden
Mills Wildflower Preserve, a nine-hectare natural area that is being restored
to resemble the vegetation prior to settlement by Europeans in the 18th
century. Interested participants should register at or
phone 416-691-1614. Registration can be made for the workshop or planting
activity separately and participants will also be welcome on the day of the
event without registration. Participants will be eligible to win exciting door
prizes, including a rain barrel.

The Task Force would like to thank the City of Toronto and the Toronto and
Region Conservation Authority for their support of this event through the
Community Program for Stormwater Management, the Todmorden Mills Museum for
providing workshop space, and the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve for
hosting the planting activity.

The Task Force to Bring Back the Don is a citizens' group working with the
support of the City of Toronto to bring back a clean, green and accessible Don
River watershed. Since 1989, the Task Force and its volunteers have planted
thousands of trees, shrubs and wildflowers in the Don Valley. With volunteers
and community groups, they have held clean-up days, restored ponds and
wetlands, and worked on many safety and accessibility projects. The Task Force’
s community outreach has resulted in substantial improvements to the watershed
and a strong network of environmental and citizen partnerships.

Media contact:
Aynsley Morris,
Vice-chair, Task Force to Bring Back the Don,
416-932-0050 ext. 226



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