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TitleKarst and hazards lands Mitigation: some guidelines for geological and geotechnical investigations in Ontario karst terrains
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorBrunton, F R
SourceRegional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario open house; by Russell, H A JORCID logo; Ford, D; Priebe, E H; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8212, 2017 p. 4, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingOntario Geological Survey and Geological Survey of Canada groundwater geoscience open house; Guelph; CA; March 1-2, 2017
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Regional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario open house
File formatpdf
NTS30; 31B; 31C; 31D; 31E; 31G; 40; 41A; 41G; 41H/03; 41H/04; 41H/05; 41H/06; 41H/12; 41H/13
AreaSouthern Ontario; Eastern Ontario
Lat/Long WENS -84.0000 -74.0000 46.0000 41.5000
Subjectsengineering geology; general geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; Health and Safety; hydrogeology; karst topography; land use; planning; groundwater regimes; groundwater flow; Natural hazards; Phanerozoic; Paleozoic; Devonian; Silurian; Ordovician; Cambrian
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping
Released2017 02 22
AbstractThe mandate of the Ontario Geological Survey is to provide citizens and institutions of Ontario with accurate and objective earth science knowledge about Ontario, in order to sustain and support quality of life, economic prosperity, environmental quality, and public health and safety. The OGS does not comment on best practices or recommended approaches for reviewing and approving changes to landuse or development applications in karst terrains. Various Ontario ministries - the Ontario Geological Survey (MNDM) and the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF), Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), and Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) have been reviewing existing policies related to land-use and development throughout southern Ontario and Manitoulin Island to update hazard lands guidelines, nutrient management practices and to develop best practices documents for various forms of development in karst terrains.
The main purpose of the Ontario Geological Survey Karst Mitigation field-based research is to provide a more comprehensive summary of the kinds of geoscience field work and data sets that could be integrated into field-based studies in order to address gaps in the current guidelines framework (e.g., Natural Hazards Technical Guidance documents for use with the current Ontario Provincial Policy Statement). A "best practices" approach to addressing karst hazards should be carried out in a staged manner, one that involves a general geologic- and geomorphologic-data-gathering desktop investigation (Phase 1 study) that would progress to a more detailed field-based study (Phase 2) to quantify and qualify identified karst terrain hazards (i.e., progress from Phase 1- to Phase 2-level site investigation depending upon nature of land use or development project being proposed). An overview of proposed best practices for investigating karst hazards in Ontario and an innovative "toolkit" for investigating karst-influenced groundwater flow zones will be reviewed in this presentation.
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Proceedings for Regional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario open house organized by the Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada and Conservation Ontario Geoscientists. Open house is on 2017-03-01 and 02. Purpose is public engagement and dissemination of geoscience completed in Southern Ontario during the past year.

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