The Uxbridge Watershed Advisory Committee is a Committee of Uxbridge Council comprised of appointed members. These members are volunteers and are appointed for the term of council. In addition to a Township staff person, representatives of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority also sit on the Committee.
The Uxbridge Watershed Advisory Committee serves as an advisory body to Council. The Committee's focus is the implementation of watershed plans within the Township. The Committee provides a community perspective on watershed management and work supporting environmental sustainability.
We invite you to take a look at our video which explains the work that the Uxbridge Watershed Committee does.
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The Uxbridge Watershed Advisory Committee has participated in two tree plantings in 2008. The first was in conjunction with the Lake Simcoe and Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) at Mossbank Condominiums on Main Street North.
The second tree planting was hosted by the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA) at the Timbers Pit trail head as part of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Trail Event.
Council of the Township of Uxbridge adopted the Township of Uxbridge Golf Course Policy which is as follows:
The Township of Uxbridge and the golf course owners will promote and foster the principles sustainability, stewardship and the best environment practices with the objective of creating, maintaining, and restoring amenities that are assets to the community.
The golf course owners of the Township of Uxbridge are committed to:
1. Complying with established laws, regulations, agreements and permit construction conditions.
2. Obtaining Integrated Pest Management (I.P.M.) Certification by December 31, 2010 (or 5 years following the opening of a new golf course) and keeping such in good standing.
3. Obtaining Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation by December 31, 2015 (or 10 years following the opening of a new golf course) and keeping such in good standing.
4. Provide a brief annual update to the Township of Uxbridge Clerk on the progress of the I.P.M. and Audubon certification.
5. Provide a member of the owners group who will actively participate as a member of the Township of Uxbridge Watershed Advisory Committee.
The Township of Uxbridge agrees to publicly announce to the community, the achievements of those golf courses as they obtain certification.
In June 2006, a signing ceremony was held with Township Council and each of the Township's 7 Golf Courses. Each golf course owner signed the certificate and was presented with a copy of the certificate for display within their clubhouses.
Council and the residents of Uxbridge Township should be proud of the environmental best management practices and stewardship initiatives that are carried out by area golf courses on a daily basis
The Uxbridge Golf Policy is an excellent example of how local government, environmental groups and businesses can come together to benefit all. In keeping with the Policy, all seven golf courses are complying with established laws, regulations, agreements and permits. Currently (in 2008), all of the golf courses have registered for the Integrated Pest Management Program while six of the seven have written the accreditation exam. Five of the seven are working on continuing education credits (the next phase in the certification process), while one golf course is awaiting the Desk Review Audit and another is in the final stage of the On-Site audit (for more information on the IPM Accreditation process, please visit www.ontarioipm.com).
Work towards Audubon certification is also on-going within the Township’s golf courses. Currently, the Granite Golf Club is fully certified while the rest of the golf courses are well on their way by working through the six module certification program (for more information on the Audubon Certification process, please visit www.auduboninternational.org/programs/acss/golf.htm ).
The Golf Courses of Uxbridge Township management staff agrees that committing to the Golf Policy and reporting procedures will serve as a valuable, leading-edge communication and educational tool.
In partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Township, UWAC placed signs at river/creek crossings on Township Roads within the watersheds of the TRCA. The Committee is currently working on placing signs within Central Lake Ontario and Region Conservation Authority’s (CLOCA) watersheds on Township roads.