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  • April 29, 2014

Area Environmentalists Get Help Protecting Highland Creek

Ontario Keeping Great Lakes Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable

Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that Ontario is helping the Chinese Canadian Environmental Association and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority protect Lake Ontario with a $24,850 grant from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.

“Congratulations to the Chinese Canadian Environmental Association and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for their efforts to help protect Lake Ontario.  This is an important stewardship project and I commend them for their dedication to safeguard the health of this vitally important natural resource.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

The Chinese Canadian Environmental Association and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will construct a rain garden in Milliken Park, located at the headwaters of the Highland Creek Watershed in Scarborough, to absorb and filter stormwater runoff.  These actions will improve the water quality that flows down the creek and into Lake Ontario, and human and ecological health.

Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the Ontario government’s plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

QUICK FACTS

  • A rain garden collects water that runs off grass, roofs and driveways. It has loose, deep soil that absorbs and naturally filters the runoff entering the storm drain system and, eventually, going unfiltered into our waterways.
  • Application deadline for the current round of the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund is May 9, 2014
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes form the longest freshwater coastline in the world, stretching more than 11,000 kilometres.

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