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Activities and Projects

South Simcoe Streams Network

Lead Partners:   

Adjala-Tosorontio Project Team, Alliston Lions Club, Banting Memorial High School, Nantyr Shores Secondary School,  Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network;  F & P Mfg., Honda of Canada Mfg., Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority; New Tecumseth Streams Committee; Nottawasaga Steelheaders, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority; NCEDC;  Town of Bradford Gwillimbury, Town of Innisfil, Town of New Tecumseth, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio, the Province of Ontario and multiple private sector members

Goals:                            

  • To invest in streams together for community and waterway health 
  • To support and initiate community projects for healthier streams in South Simcoe combining multi-partner resources and community volunteer efforts for improved habitat, cleaner water and communal wellbeing
  • To engage volunteers of all ages and walks of life from schools, youth and service clubs to business and industry to participate in stream rehabilitation
  • To build cooperative partnerships to help generate the tools, know-how and funds needed to restore degraded stream systems
  • To advance community awareness and appreciation of stream and river resources, ecological threats and benefits to local communities

Status:     

The South Simcoe Streams Network (SSSN) is in its twelfth year of operation.  This program continues to draw multi-sector and community support.  The SSSN has developed innovative, action-oriented ways to improve and protect local stream environments through education, community involvement, and on the ground activities.

In 2020 the SSSN focused on fewer public events due to COVID, however was able to partner with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) and Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network (DSLSN) to begin work on a three-year Ontario Trillium Funding grant project called Connecting Community and Creeks Project.  The SSSN together with NVCA were able to complete 1 km and .32 km² of stream restoration work and actively involved 173 volunteers and another key partner, Honda of Canada Mfg.  With safety protocols in place, the SSSN engaged community volunteers to help install recycled evergreen for bank stabilization, remove log jams and undertake tree planting to enhance floodplain and wetland construction works.