Watershed Advisory Committee

About The Committee

The Uxbridge Watershed Advisory Committee (UWAC) is a Committee of Uxbridge Council comprising volunteers who 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.

UWAC serves as an advisory body to Council. The Committee's focus generally is to protect and enhance the environmental health of the watersheds within the Township, including the implementation of watershed plans.  The Committee provides a community perspective on watershed management and work supporting environmental sustainability.

UWAC meets monthly and new members and visitors are always welcome.  For further information on becoming a member, please contact:

Debbie Leroux, Director of Legislative Services/Clerk
Tel:  905-852-9181 ext. 228
Fax" 905-852-9674
[email protected]


COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE

 

UWAC and related projects are described below including:

  • UWAC Video on YouTube
  • News and Events
  • The Brook Never Sleeps
  • Bird Boxes
  • Tree Plantings
  • Uxbridge Golf Course Policy Implementation
  • Creek Crossing Signs
  • Environmental Achievement Award
  • Wastershed Walk
  • Yello Fish Road
  • Phosphorous Reduction Project
  • Links/Resources

UWAC Video

We invite you to take a look at our video which explains the work that the Uxbridge Watershed Committee does.

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News and Events

Ontario's Cosmetic Pesticides Ban - News Release

Media Report - Audubon International Sustainability Specialist Speaks in Uxbridge - View Report

The Brook Never Sleeps

The Uxbridge Youth Centre (UYC), Uxbridge Public Library and UWAC hosted the Third Annual "The Brook Never Sleeps" on March 13, 2013.  This is a "hands wet" experiential eco-workshop for youth ages 10 and up.  Thirty-one youth participated in the 2013 event.  Trout Unlimited, Ontario Streams, Toronto and Region Conservation and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority ran workshops for the youth participants.  The workshops include:

  • Fly-tying
  • Fly fishing and casting
  • Water quality testing
  • Benthic Sampling
  • Life of a Stream
  • Uxbridge Brook habitats and stream features
  • The Brook and how it fits into its watershed

Surface water and Contaminants Demonstration by LSRCA (left photograph) and Benthic Sampling by TRCA (right photograph)

Water Quality Testing with Ontario Streams and Fly Fishing Casting with Trout Unlimited

Fly-tying lead by Trout Unlimited

Bird Boxes


A UWAC member and a dozen interested students in Grade 4, 5 and 6 from Quaker Village Public School built two bird boxes from pre-cut wood.  These bird boxes, along with two others, were installed on the trail between the museum and the school at the end of March 2013.  These bird boxes are for bluebirds to nest and will be cleaned out and maintained by the students at QVPS.  The students learned about bluebirds and the importance of replacing natural nesting places that are lost by development.

Students building the bird box and installing the bird box in Quaker Common

Tree Planting

Over the past five years UWAC, along with volunteers at the tree planting events, have planted over 1200 trees.

The Uxbridge Watershed Advisory Committee participated in two tree plantings in 2012.

The first assisted Mill Run Golf Club in plantings along the re-routed Pefferlaw Brook (see further information under the Environmental Heroes Section)

Committee Members Planting Trees (left photograph) and the re-routed Pefferlaw Brook (right photograph)

The second was in partnership with the Lake Simcoe and Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) in the Mason Homes Subdivision between Apple Tree Crescent and the Uxbridge Brook.

Community and Committee participants planting Trees (above photographs)

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Uxbridge Golf Course Policy

Council of the Township of Uxbridge adopted the Township of Uxbridge Golf Course Policy.

In June 2006, a signing ceremony was held with the 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 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.  Through the golf courses' appointed committee member, UWAC monitors progress as the policy is implemented.

The Uxbridge Golf Policy, an initiative of Uxbridge Naturally, 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, all of the golf courses have been accredited by the Integrated Pest Management Program.  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


Golf Courses

Golf Course Owners

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Creek Crossing Signs

UWAC partnered with the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA), the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), the Township of Uxbridge and the Region of Durham to place creek name signs at river/creek crossings on Township and Regional Roads.

Mitchell Creek Sign

The purpose of the signs is to provide stream identification in order to raise awareness of our streams.

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Environmental Achievement Award
 

UWAC, in partnership with the Energy Conservation Committee, accepts nominations for the Environmental Achievement Awards on an annual basis.  Past Award winners include:

 

  • Mill Run Golf Course (2012)
  • Robert Cox, Coxlyn Farms (2011)
  • John and Pat McCutcheon Foundation (2009)
  • Megan and Kate Lindsay (2006)

To view more detailed information regarding the above past winners of the Environmental Achievement Award, please click here to be directed to the website page.

If you would like to nominate a group or individual for the Environmental Achievement Award, please fill out the Nomination Form and send to the attention of "Watershed Committee", Township of Uxbridge, 51 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1T1

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Watershed Walk

UWAC has held two Watershed Walks Events, and it plans to host this event annually.   The first walk was in 2011 and it started and finished at the Uxbridge Arena and highlighted the following projects:

Quaker Pond Stream-Side Planting
Yellow Fish Road Project
Lincoln Pond which was replaced by an engineered wetland in 2012
Downtown Uxbridge Flood Alleviation Project
South Balsam Storm Water Pond Plantings

2011 Watershed Walk Brochure

The 2012 Watershed Walk highlighted the Countryside Preserve, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine.  This walk examined the natural features in the Preserve including: the ponds, creeks, bird boxes, woodland and wetlands.

2012 Watershed Walk Brochure

Yellow Fish Road Project

In 2009 UWAC in conjunction with Uxbridge Secondary School, Uxbridge Public School and Uxbridge Montessori School participted in the Yellow Fish Road Project.  In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Quaker Village Public School participated in this project.

Canada's Yellow Fish Road project is a national conservation education initiative through Trout Unlimited.  The purpose of the Yellow Fish Road Project is to remind Canadians about the importance of reducing stormwater pollution which is one of our largest sources of freshwater pollution.  UWAC along with students, paint the image of a Yellow Fish and the words "Rainwater Only" beside the catchbasins.  Educational brochures are delivered to houses and businesses in the vicinity of the painted catchbasins.  The purpose of the image is to remind residents that water and any pollutants draining  into catchbasins go directly into our rivers and streams. 

UWAC would like to thank the Royal Bank of Canada for providing volunteers for this project and financial sponsorship through their Blue Water Project.


School children painting "Rainwater Only" beside a catchbasin

USS student adhering Yellow Fish decal beside catchbasin

Phosphorous Reduction Project

Phosphorous is a nutrient damaging to the native aquatic life of our streams, rivers, and lakes.  The Committee has worked with staff of the Township and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to reduce phosphorous, that would otherwise enter our natural watercourses, particularly in urban Uxbridge.  Storm water management ponds have been modified, at a cost of nearly $1 million, to remove phosphorous before it can reach the Uxbridge Brook and hence Lake Simcoe.  This has made significant contribution to the Province's reduction target in the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

Re-engineered Lincoln Pond

Links/Resources

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