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TitleHow to build a living city - balancing the needs of human development and ecosystems
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorFord, D
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. 17, 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
NTS30M/11; 30M/14; 30M/15
AreaGreater Toronto Area
Lat/Long WENS -79.5000 -77.7500 44.0000 43.6333
Subjectshydrogeology; environmental geology; Nature and Environment; groundwater; aquifers; groundwater resources; surface waters; resource management; urban planning; regional planning; ecosystems; hydrologic budget; water utilization; modelling; Water supply
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping
Released2017 02 22
AbstractConservation Authorities are unique to the province of Ontario. They are local, non-profit environmental organizations that are empowered to regulate development and activities in or adjacent to river or stream valleys, Great Lakes and inland lakes shorelines, watercourses, hazardous lands and wetlands. The Conservation Authorities Act, passed in 1946, provides the legislative backbone for their existence. Funding is provided through a combination of municipal and provincial support, permit and service fees and charitable donations.
Toronto and Region Conservation serves a population of more than 4,000,000 people in a jurisdiction that covers more than 2400 km2. We receive development applications for over 1000 projects per year. These files include engineering and hydrogeologic reports prepared on behalf of the development proponents that often downplay the potential impacts of their projects to the natural environment. Our role as hydrogeologists is to critically review these reports and determine if reasonable conclusions have been made based on reliable data.
For hydrogeology, we consider both temporary and permanent dewatering, pre- and post-development water budgets, and consumptive groundwater use. We must then communicate our findings in clear, simple language to our in-house planning team, proponents, and sometimes members of the public. All this is done in a framework of limited funding and challenging timelines.
We meet these challenges through the use of conceptual and numerical models developed in partnership with neighbouring conservation authorities and our municipal partners. These regional model results are then shared with development consultants to facilitate continuous improvement from their studies completed at the site scale. To continue to advance our hydrogeologic understanding, we also work with subject matter experts at the provincial and federal levels of government, and are working at integrating climate change into our models. This presentation will summarize some of our successes and failures over the past 15 years and provide insights to similar organizations responsible for protecting and enhancing our natural environment.
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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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