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TitleConservation authority geoscience programs
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorMillar, M
SourceRegional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey and Geological Survey of Canada groundwater geoscience open house; by Russell, H A JORCID logo; Priebe, E H; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8022, 2016 p. 11, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingOntario Geological Survey and Geological Survey of Canada groundwater geoscience open house; Guelph; CA; March 10, 2016
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Regional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey and Geological Survey of Canada groundwater geoscience open house
File formatpdf
NTS30M/05; 40P/08NE; 30M/12; 30M/11NW; 30M/13; 30M/14; 30M/15NW; 30M/15NE; 30M/16NW; 30M/16NE; 31C/04SW; 31C/04NW; 31D/01; 31D/02; 31D/03; 31D/04; 31D/06; 40P/09SE; 40P/09NE; 40P/16SE; 40P/16NE
AreaGreater Toronto Area; Lake Ontario; Burlington; Cobourg; Oshawa; Pickering; Lake Scugog; Rice Lake; Lake Simcoe; Newmarket; Niagara Escarpment
Lat/Long WENS -80.2500 -77.5000 44.5000 43.2500
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; Nature and Environment; groundwater; groundwater geochemistry; groundwater resources; groundwater surveys; groundwater discharge; groundwater regimes; groundwater movement; groundwater levels; bedrock geology; watersheds; Newmarket Till; Halton Till; Oak Ridges Moraine; Quaternary
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience, Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping
Released2016 03 03
AbstractGeoscience is a relatively new program area for many Conservation Authorities (CA); it wasn't until about 2001 that CAs started to employ Geoscientists. Initial CA geoscience programs consisted of the newly formed Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network (PGMN) and the Source Water Protection (SWP) Program. The Geoscience services offered by CAs has evolved and is now more integrated into regular CA business and has opened up additional opportunities for collaborations with municipal, provincial, and federal partners. In 2008 the CA Geosciences Group was formed to ensure consistency between CAs for the application of geoscience among CAs. Of the 36 CAs approximately 14 CAs currently employ qualified geoscientists, the remaining 22 contract out geosciences work as required.
This presentation will look at how geoscience has been integrated into the core CA business, which includes
1. Aspects of planning and development review; review and commenting on public policy and regulations;
2. Watershed Plans, including the watershed Report Cards;
3. Monitoring programs including the PGMN, soil moisture, and climate change;
4. The SWP program that helped to advance groundwater information in Ontario through the water budgets and modeling exercises;
5. Other modeling including the Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition's YPDT 3-D model;
6. Participation in special projects for the development of a Low Water Response groundwater indicator and soil moisture;
7. Participation in the development of the annex 8 groundwater report under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement; and
8. Partnerships with the Ontario Geological Survey investigating locally important geologic features that have an impact on water quantity and quality.
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Abstract Program for OGS - GSC Open House on regional groundwater studies in Southern Ontario.

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