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1 N O T I C E T O CLOCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Please find enclosed the Agenda and supporting documents for the CLOCA Board of Director s meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m., at the Authority s Administrative Office, Boardroom. The list below outlines upcoming meetings and events for your information. UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION Tuesday, Dec. 16/14 5:00 pm CLOCA Board of Director s Meeting 100 Whiting Avenue Authority s Office Boardroom Check Out our Website! Discover your local Conservation Area. Register as a Conservation Volunteer Programs & Services Mobile access to online information with CLOCA s new mobile website and Free Conservation Areas App

2 CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY A G E N D A AUTHORITY MEETING Tuesday, November 18, :00 P.M. MEETING LOCATION: 100 WHITING AVENUE, OSHAWA AUTHORITY S ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, BOARDROOM CIRCULATION LIST Authority Authority Members: P. Perkins, Chair Staff: J.R. Powell, Chief Administrative Officer P. Rodrigues, Vice Chair B. Boardman, Administrative Assistant/Recording Secretary J. Aker H. Brooks, Director, Watershed Planning & Natural Heritage B. Chapman R. Catulli, Director, Corporate Services L. Coe C. Darling, Director, Development Review & Regulation S. Collier G. Geissberger, Marketing & Communications Coordinator L. Corrigan D. Hope, Land Management & Operations Supervisor J. Drumm P. Lowe, Director, Stewardship, Education & Communication R. Hooper P. Sisson, Director, Engineering & Field Operations T.D. Marimpietri G. Soo Chan, Director, Groundwater D. Mitchell J. Neal M. Novak C. Traill Municipalities: Town of Ajax, Clerk Media: Ajax Pickering News Advertiser Municipality of Clarington, Clerk CHEX TV City of Oshawa, Planning CKDO City of Pickering, Clerk Compton Cable TV Town of Whitby, Public Works 94.9 The Rock Town of Whitby, Planning KX-96 Radio Township of Uxbridge, Clerk Orono Times Oshawa Express Region: Region of Durham, Clerk Oshawa/Whitby/Clarington This Week Region of Durham, Planning & Economic Rogers Cable TV Development Commissioner The Scugog Standard AGENDA ITEM: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS 1. DECLARATIONS of interest by members on any matters herein contained 2. ADOPTION OF MINUTES of September 16, DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT REVIEW & REGULATION (1) Staff Report # to 3-3 Applications for Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses September 1 to October 31, 2014 (2) Staff Report # to 3-6 TransCanada Eastern Mainline Project (3) Staff Report # to 3-9 Submission of Amended Proposed Source Protection Plan and Updated Assessment Report cont d..2

3 AUTHORITY MEETING AGENDA - Tuesday, November 18, :00 P.M Page 2 AGENDA ITEM: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS 4. DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING AND FIELD OPERATIONS (1) Staff Report # to 4-7 Conservation Areas Update 5. DIRECTOR, STEWARDSHIP, EDUCATION & COMMUNCATIONS (1) Staff Report # to 5-4 Education Program Update (2) Staff Report # to 5-6 Species at Risk, Lynde Shores CA Species at Risk Habitat Improvement Program (3) Staff Report # TD Tree Days 2014 (4) Staff Report # to Durham Children s Groundwater Festival Summary 6. DIRECTOR, GROUNDWATER RESOURCES (1) Staff Report # to 6-7 Enbridge Inc. Line 9b Major Water Crossing (MWC) (2) Staff Report # to 6-9 Hydro One Transformer Station, Clarington CLOCA staff support 7. DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES (1) Staff Report # to 7-2 Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax Audit (2) Staff Report # to Preliminary Operating Budget 8. CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (1) Staff Report # Meeting Schedule Board of Directors and Committee of the Whole (2) CONFIDENTIAL Staff Report # to 8-4 Property Matter 9. MUNICIPAL AND OTHER BUSINESS 10. ADJOURNMENT

4 A G E N D A SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MEETING OF: Authority DATE: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 TIME: LOCATION: 5:00 P.M. 100 Whiting Avenue, Oshawa, Administrative Office, Boardroom

5 DATE: November 3, 2014 FILE: MEMO TO: REPORT CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY RPRG3974 S.R.: APPROVED BY C.A.O. FROM: SUBJECT: Chair and Members, CLOCA Board of Directors Chris Darling, Director - Development Review & Regulation Permits Issued for Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses - September 1 to October 31, 2014 Attached are Development Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses applications, pursuant to Ontario Regulation 42/06, as approved by staff and presented for the members information. RECOMMENDATION: THAT staff report be received for information. CD/bb Attach. S:/REPORTS/2014/sr5243_14

6 Permits Issued from 9/1/2014 to 10/31/2014 No. Municipality Owner/Applicant Street Name/Lot/Con Permit No Description 1 CLARINGTON DAVID & PENELOPE STEVENS/ROBERT DARLINGTON MCCREA ARCHITECT 9570 GRASSHOPPER PARK ROAD/LOT 13, CONC 09 C GFBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ADDITION ONTO AN EXISTING SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING AND SEPTIC SYSTEM 2 CLARINGTON TERRY BUCKLE 46 HARRY GAY DRIVE/LOT 27, CONC 03 C GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE DARLINGTON CONSTRUCTION/INSTALLATION OF AN INGROUND POOL 3 CLARINGTON ANNETTE SCOVINO HOLT ROAD/LOT 20, CONC 03 C GBFH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION DARLINGTON OF A NEW SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING, SEPTIC SYSTEM AND IMPORTATION OF APPROXIMATELY 2000 METRES CUBED OF FILL 4 CLARINGTON LINDA & DWIGHT BRADLEY 4825 RUNDLE ROAD/LOT 22, CONC 04 C GBFH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE INSTALLATION DARLINGTON OF A CULVERT AND NEW DRIVEWAY 5 CLARINGTON ONTARIO POWER GENERATION DARLINGTON INC./POTTINGER GAHERTY ENVIORNMENTAL CONSULTANTS LOT 19, BFC C G DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLACEMENT OF APPROXIMATELY 45,000CUBIC METRES OF SOIL FILL WITHIN THE F10 AREA 6 CLARINGTON ZYGMUNT PICUR 3411 TOOLEY ROAD/LOT 33, CONC 03 C GFH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLACEMENT OF DARLINGTON 90 METRES CUBED OF TOPSOIL, TO BE SPREAD NO MORE THAN 6" DEEP TO ESTABLISH A LAWN 7 CLARINGTON MUNICIPALITY OF CLARINGTON /AECOM DARLINGTON GALBRAITH SWM POND (POND 25), GALBRAITH COURT/LOT 09, CON 01 C GFH SEDIMENT REMOVAL FROM SWM POND 8 CLARINGTON BRADLEY LOUNSBURY 1 CEDAR CREST BEACH ROAD/LOT 13, BFC C GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION DARLINGTON OF A NEW SINGLE FAMILY, SEPTIC SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING 9 CLARINGTON GREG GROVES 2955 TAUNTON ROAD EAST/LOT 04, CONC 04 C GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE REPLACEMENT DARLINGTON OF EXISTING BUILDING 10 OSHAWA VINCE CARNOVALE 1856 ARBORWOOD DRIVE/LOT 01, CONC 04 O GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 14 X 32 FT POOL, 10 X 30 FT SHED AND A 12 X 40 FT DECK 11 OSHAWA MINTO METROPIA (WINDFIELDS ) GP INC./MMM GROUP EAST SIDE OF SIMCOE STREET NORTH, NORTH OF BRITANNIA AVENUE/LOT 12, CONC 05 O G GENERAL EARTHWORKS ASSOCIATED WITH DRAFT PLAN OF SUBDIVISION S-O (PHASE4) 12 OSHAWA KRZYSZTOF TOTOSKA 185 SEVERN STREET/LOT 16, CONC 02 O GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DETACHED GARAGE SLAB ON GRADE, INGROUND POOL AND SHED/CABANA 13 OSHAWA PAT LAMOUREUX 1106 ELDORADO AVENUE/LOT 02, CONC 02 O GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCAITED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW DECK 14 OSHAWA LARRY THIFFAULT 815 COATES ROAD WEST/LOT 16, CONC 09 O GBH (Amended) DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 30FT. BY 50FT. GARAGE AND INSTALLATION OF A 1 METRE CULVERT AND DRIVEWAY 15 OSHAWA CHARING CROSS INVESTMENTS INC BRIDLE ROAD SOUTH/LOT 10, CONC 05 O G EROSION PROTECTION WORKS AND CREEK BANK STABLIZATION (METRUS)/D.G. BIDDLE & ASSOCIATES LTD. 16 OSHAWA CITY OF OSHAWA / HOSS HELE LOT 17, CONC 01 O GFHA BEAVER DAM(S) REMOVAL 17 OSHAWA CITY OF OSHAWA / HOSS HELE LOT 06, CONC 03 O GFHA BEAVER DAM(S) REMOVAL 18 OSHAWA CITY OF OSHAWA/TERRI LYNN LAROCQUE LOT 16, CONC 2 O GFHA 22M OF GABION REMEDIATION INCLUDING THE PLACEMENT OF ENVIROLOG AND REPLACEMENT OF GABION 19 OSHAWA ONTARIO LIMITED/MMM GROUP 2300 SIMCOE STREET NORTH & 0 THORNTON ROAD NORTH/LOT 13, CONC 05 O G SITE GRADING ASSOCIATED WITH DRAFT PLAN OF SUBDIVISION S-O INVOLVING MOVEMENT OF SOIL FROM PHASE 1B TO FUTURE PHASE 20 WHITBY LAWRENCE ARCAND/HAROLD GERLACH 12 NIGHTINGALE CRESCENT/19 & 06 W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION/INSTALLATION OF AN INGROUND POOL 18 X 36 FT 21 WHITBY PORT WHITBY TRUNK SANITARY SEWER /GHD LOT 26, BFC W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH SANITARY TRUNK SEWER INCLUDING PRINGLE CREEK & ROWE STREET CHANNEL CROSSING, ROAD RECONSTRUCTION OF FRONT & WATSON 22 WHITBY BLAIR O'CONNOR 28 BANNERMAN COURT/LOT 30, CONC 01 W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION/INSTALLATION OF AN INGROUND POOL 23 WHITBY REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF DURHAM/ADAM KOMAR LOT 17, CONC 01 W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE GEOTECHNICAL DRILLING WITHING 10-15M OF CORBETT CREEK TO ASSESS SOIL AND GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS 24 WHITBY DAVID DEKUYPER/JONES POOLS 33 JARROW CRESCENT/LOT 19, CONC 06 O GB DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE INSTALLATION/CONSTRUCTION OF A 15' X 32' INGROUND POOL 25 WHITBY RON PARKER/SEAWAY POOLS 9 BURNING SPRINGS PLACE/LOT 19, CONC 06 W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION/INSTALLATION OF A 16FT X 34FT INGROUND SWIMMING POOL AND POOL CABANA/POOL SHED 26 WHITBY GIOVANNI AND MARIA LABRIOLA/COUGS (THICKSON) LTD THICKSON ROAD NORTH/LOT 20, CONC 04 W GB DEVELOPMENT - CONSTRUCTION OF A 6.1 X 4.27 (METRE) SHED/GARAGE IN THE REAR YARD OF AN EXISTING RESIDENCE 27 WHITBY KIYA DEVELOPMENTS LTD. 41 PETALUMA COURT/LOT 24, CONC 08 W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING AND SEPTIC SYSTEM INSTALLATION 28 WHITBY MATT DORAN 72 BURNING SPRINGS PLACE/LOT 19, CON 06 W GB DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE INSTALLATION/CONSTRUCTION OF INGROUND POOL AND RETAINING WALL

7 29 WHITBY GURPREET GILL 37 PETALUMA COURT/LOT 24, CONC 08 W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION/INSTALLATION OF AN INGROUND POOL 30 WHITBY HANNU HALMINEN/STORYBOOK HOMES MONTEREY COURT/LOT 24, CONC 08 W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION ON A NEW SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING AND SEPTIC SYSTEM 31 WHITBY REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF DURHAM /HAWKINS CONTRACTING SERVICES LTD. 301 WATER STREET/LOT 25 & 26, BFC W GHS GABION BASKET RETAINING WALL AND RIPRAP OUTFALL TO PROTECT EXISTING CONCRETE HEADWALLS 32 WHITBY PATRICK & ALLYSON LORD 34 STANWOOD CRESCENT/LOT 25, CONC 06 W GBH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCAITED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN INGROUND POOL AND ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING 33 WHITBY LUCKY & SONIA DUTT LOT 1 PETALUMA COURT/LOT 24, CONC 08 W GB DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GARAGE

8 DATE: November 6, 2014 FILE: MEMO TO: REPORT CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY PSSE22 & LSGB9 S.R.: APPROVED BY C.A.O. FROM: SUBJECT: Chair and Members, CLOCA Board of Directors Chris Darling, Director Development Review and Regulation TransCanada Eastern Mainline Project On October 30, 2014, TransCanada submitted an application to the National Energy Board (NEB) for approval of the Eastern Mainline Project proposing up to approximately 250 kilometres of natural gas pipeline to extend from the City of Markham to the community of Iroqouis in the Township of South Dundas (refer to attachment 1). The proposed pipeline will primarily follow the existing route where TransCanada currently operates two natural gas pipelines which traverse CLOCA s watershed. TransCanada has indicated that where possible, the right-of-way for the proposed pipeline will be located adjacent to the existing corridor. However, a number of deviations are under consideration as result of ongoing consultation with landowners, stakeholders and Aboriginal communities. The right-of-way footprint required for construction is 42m wide. TransCanada expects to retain 18 to 26m of permanent right-of-way. Subject to regulatory approval, construction of the pipeline sections is scheduled to begin in Q Any new pipeline facility within CLOCA s Regulated Area will require a permit from the Authority. TransCanada is currently carrying out technical studies including an environmental study. These studies will be provided to the NEB as a supplemental filing upon completion. TransCanada will also continue to engage with stakeholders and, as a part of that process, are hosting a second round of open houses from November 20, 2014 to December 4, 2014 in communities along the proposed route. The open houses will allow TransCanada the opportunity to provide detailed information about the application to interested stakeholders. Staff will attend the open house within CLOCA s watershed on November 25, 2014 in the City of Oshawa at Camp Samac. TransCanada has indicated that the ongoing environmental and engineering studies as well as the future stakeholder engagement will further refine the proposed pipeline route. CLOCA staff has met with TransCanada staff and their consultants a number of times over the past several months regarding this project. We have indicated that the consideration of the routing alignment should take into consideration the avoidance of any adverse environmental impacts. Prior to making the formal submission to NEB, TransCanada explored several routing options, some of which were released to the public. Recently CLOCA staff became aware that TransCanada Pipeline was considering a route for the proposed pipeline that would deviate from the existing right-of-way and would create a new right-of-way through our Stephen s Gulch Conservation Area in the Municipality of Clarington. We have since written to TransCanada indicating that such routing is unacceptable given the disturbance that would be created to this environmentally sensitive area. The Conservation Area protects a large area of deciduous forest and coniferous forest/swamp that help maintain both water quantity (through seeps and springs) and water quality along this section the Soper Creek. Stephen's Gulch Conservation Area also includes a portion of the provincially significant Soper Valley Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). A new pipeline right-of-way though Stephen s Gulch would cause significant disturbance to mature forest, springs and seeps, and a sensitive cold water trout stream. Since our correspondence indicating our objection, TransCanda has advised an alternate route was identified to the south of the current TransCanada pipeline corridor and to the south of the Stephen s Gulch Conservation Area. cont d..2

9 FILE: PSSE22 & LSGB9 Page 2 S.R.: November 6, 2014 Given that the process for establishing the routing alignment is ongoing, it is recommended that the Board of Directors support the position of not establishing a new pipeline right-of-way deviation through our Conservation Areas, in particular Stephens s Gulch, and that the planning, route alignment, design, and construction of the proposed pipeline minimize adverse ecological impacts and where possible improve the health of any crossing of natural heritage and hydrological features. Staff will continue to review subsequent technical reports submitted by TransCanada and provide further detailed comments. RECOMMENDATION: THAT Staff Report # be received; and, THAT in response to the TransCanada application to the National Energy Board for approval the Eastern Mainline Project, the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority advise TransCanada that the establishment of new pipeline right-of-way deviations through our Conservation Areas, in particular Stephens s Gulch is not supported and that the planning, route alignment, design, and construction of the proposed pipeline minimize adverse ecological impacts and where possible improve the health of any crossing of natural heritage and hydrological features. ATTACH. CD/bb s:/reports/2014/sr5251_14.docx

10 Canecrest CA Enniskillen CA Stephen's Gulch CA Long Sault CA Hampton CA Purple Woods CA Mount Carmel CA Heber Down CA Lynde Shores CA Audley CA Enfield CA Simcoe Hall CA Oshawa Valley CA Mount Hope CA The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority Eastern Mainline Transcanada Legend 1 km! Kilometre Post # Compressor Station " Valve Site City Proposed Pipeline Existing TransCanada R/W Lake Drainage Transportation Network Primary Road Secondary Road (c) Copyright. Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, Lake Ontario Kilometres Map Compiled by the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, 100 Whiting Ave., Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 3T3 This map is for information purposes only and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority takes no responsibility for, nor guarantees, the accuracy of all the information contained within the map. Source: FOCUS 2014, CLOCA, 2014; Regional Municipality of Durham, November, 2014

11 DATE: November7, 2014 FILE: MEMO TO: REPORT CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY NSPG1 S.R.: APPROVED BY C.A.O. FROM: SUBJECT: Chair and Members, CLOCA Board of Directors Chris Darling, Director Development Review and Regulation Gayle Soo Chan, Director, Groundwater Resources Submission of Amended Proposed Source Protection Plan and Updated Assessment Report Background The Clean Water Act requires the preparation of locally-developed, science-based Assessment Reports and Source Protection Plans under the direction of Source Protection Committees. The Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Area is part of the CTC Source Protection Region. The CTC Source Protection Committee, chaired by Susan Self, has completed revisions to the Proposed Source Protection Plan covering the Central Lake Ontario, Toronto and Region, and Credit Valley Source Protection Areas which was originally submitted for approval to the Minister on October 22, These revisions address comments from ministry staff as well as additional policies that have been developed to address water quantity threats identified through technical work completed in 2013 and The Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Area (CLOSPA) is required to submit the amended plan, amended explanatory document and other required information and the updated assessment report to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) when received from the Chair of the CTC Source Protection Committee. The CLOSPA has the option to include comments along with the submission. In August 2014, the CLOSPA provided comments on the Amended Proposed Source Protection Plan indicating support for the policies applicable to CLOSPA, most notably the Lake Ontario policies. The CTC Source Protection Committee (SPC) has completed both the amendment of the Proposed Source Protection Plan and an update of the Assessment Report for the CLOSPA. It is anticipated that the CTC SPC will approve the final amendments to the plan and explanatory documents at their meeting to be held on November 13, 2014 and Chair Self will send the plan and explanatory documents to each of the Source Protection Authority Chairs shortly thereafter requesting they submitted for approval. It is anticipated that the updated technical work will be transmitted at the same time. Amended Proposed Source Protection Plan The Proposed Source Protection plan (initially submitted to the Ministry in October 2012) has been amended pursuant to comments from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (dated June 18, 2014), public consultations (Fall 2013, Spring 2014 and Summer 2014), and work with implementing bodies and municipal partners. It has been amended to include policies which apply to new vulnerable areas delineated as part of technical work completed in As of the SPC meeting held on September 23, 2014, the only major outstanding concern related to the policies to protect Lake Ontario as a drinking water source. Due in part to the discussion of Lake Ontario Threats, the SPC was not able to approve the Amended Proposed Source Protection plan for submission to the CLOSPA on September 23, 2014 as projected, and a further meeting was scheduled for November to approve the plan. cont d..2

12 FILE: NSPG1 Page 2 S.R.: November 7, 2014 Lake Ontario Policy Revisions The majority of policies applicable to CLOSPA relate to Lake Ontario drinking water threats including: municipal sewage treatment plants disinfection failures; municipal trunk sewer breaks; tritium releases from nuclear generating stations; spills of fuel at bulk storage facilities; and petroleum product pipeline breaks. After the public consultation in July-August 2014, the MOECC still held the position that some Lake Ontario policies were out of scope of the Clean Water Act. To try to resolve these concerns, at SPC meeting on September 23, 2014 the SPC reconvened the Lake Ontario Working Group to work with the Ministry to try to resolve the outstanding issues with regards to the policies requiring use of 3-D models, installation of monitoring equipment and future Lake Ontario threat assessments. Following a number of meetings the Lake Ontario Working Group agreed in principle to the establishment of Lake Ontario Collaborative concept to address the outstanding issues. The policies recommended to the CTC SPC remain similar to those previously reviewed by CLOSPA. The revisions speak to the establishment of a Lake Ontario Collaborative Group lead by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, with participation from the municipalities of Durham, Peel, and the City of Toronto and other stakeholders, to address matters related to the use of 3-D Lake Ontario circulation models, installation of monitoring equipment and future Lake Ontario threat assessments. All other Lake Ontario policies addressing spill prevention/mitigation/contingency and emergency response plans for specific threats remain largely unchanged. Explanatory Document The Explanatory Document is a regulatory requirement as outlined in Ontario Regulation 287/07 and the Source Protection Planning Bulletin Explanatory Document Requirements (February 18, 2011). The Explanatory Document is a companion piece to the Source Protection Plan and explains how the policies in the Source Protection Plan were developed and the summary of policy options that were considered. In short, it documents the thinking behind the CTC Source Protection Plan. The Explanatory Document was originally submitted as required along with the CTC Proposed Source Protection Plan to the MOECC for approval on October 22, At that time, the Explanatory Document was a short summary of the thinking of the CTC SPC and addressed several general policy approaches and tools. It did not provide rationale for each policy in the Source Protection Plan. Since then, Ministry staff has evolved their direction to the CTC SPC on the level of detail and type of information that should be included in the Explanatory Document. Also, through CTC staff discussions with municipalities and other implementing bodies, it became clear that it will be very helpful to them if additional information was provided on the purpose of individual policies and examples of what actions might be considered by the implementing bodies to achieve the outcome intended by the CTC SPC in drafting the policy. While the information in the Explanatory Document is not legally binding, it will be a useful decision support tool for the Source Protection Plan. Transmission of Amended Plan to CLOSPA At the SPC Meeting to be held on November 13, 2014, the CTC SPC is expected to approve the transmission of the Amended Source Protection Plan and Amended Proposed Explanatory Document to each of the three Source Protection Authorities of the CTC, including the CLOSPA, for the SPAs to submit the Amended Proposed Plan to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. The projected date for submission is December 15, cont d..3

13 FILE: NSPG1 Page 3 S.R.: November 7, 2014 The Amended Proposed Source Water Protection Plan and Explanatory Document can be viewed at Updated Assessment Report During the period between the submission of the Proposed Source Protection Plan and its amendment, technical work continued in the Source Protection Region associated with the Assessment Reports, including the completion of the Tier 3 Water Budget Analysis for York and Durham Regions. This analysis resulted in a new vulnerable area being delineated which required an update to the CLOSPA Assessment Report. New policies were drafted to address these new water quantity threats in vulnerable areas around wells serving York Region and parts of western Durham Region. This new vulnerable area and associated new policies were released for public consultation. At SPC Meeting #1/14 held on February 4, 2014, the SPC authorized staff to complete revisions on the Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Authority Assessment Report, and to complete required updates to the Source Protection Plan. It then authorized staff to submit the Updated AR to the Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Authority for its submission to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on December 15, 2014, in conjunction with the Amendments to the Source Protection Plan. Next Steps Following authorization by the CLOSPA, staff will take the necessary actions to prepare the submission materials and transmittal letters. The projected submission date is December 15, Staff will report back at a future date on the approval of the plan and implementation schedule when these are known. It is anticipated the ministry s review and approval may take several months. During the first quarter of 2015 staff will convene a number of meetings and undertake other actions to continue to support municipalities as they prepare for implementation of the plan. RECOMMENDATIONS: THAT the Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Authority receives the Amended Proposed Source Protection Plan and Explanatory Document for the CTC (Credit Valley-Toronto and Region and-central Lake Ontario) Source Protection Region; THAT the Chair of the Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Authority is authorized to submit the Amended Proposed Source Protection Plan as well as the mandated Amended Proposed Explanatory Document and other materials jointly with the other two Source Protection Authority chairs to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for approval; THAT the Chair of the Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Authority is authorized to submit the Updated Assessment Report: Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Area to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for approval; and, THAT staff be directed to take the necessary actions to prepare and transmit the required documents and information. CD/GSC/bb s:/reports/2014/sr5254_14.docx

14 DATE: November 6, 2014 FILE: MEMO TO: REPORT CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY LALC1 S.R.: APPROVED BY C.A.O. FROM: SUBJECT: Chair and Members, CLOCA Board of Directors R. Perry Sisson, Director Engineering and Field Operations D. Hope, Supervisor Land Management and Field Operations Conservation Areas Update The following report is provided as an update on Conservation Area operations for the summer and fall of The summer of 2014 was yet another busy season in CLOCA s Conservation Areas. CLOCA Land Management & Operations staff cut grass, maintained trails, completed trail relocation work, cleared hazard trees and completed small scale construction projects throughout the summer and into the fall. Long Sault Conservation Area Forestry Operations A September Board Report recommended the acceptance of a tender bid by Laverne Heideman and Sons Ltd for the harvesting of coniferous plantations in the northeast portion of the Long Sault Conservation Area. The harvesting began in late September and was recently completed. Over 2,000 cubic meters of timber was removed from the plantation plots. The harvested trees ranged from young spruce trees through large pole quality red pine. The forestry work allows for the remaining pine and spruce trees to grow larger, and encourages the start of other tree seedlings that originate as seed blown in from nearby forest communities. The Long Sault Conservation Area Management Plan recommends continuing the timber management of coniferous plantations within the Area with the ultimate goal of regenerating the plantations into natural forests. Lynde Shores Conservation Area Waterfront Trail Construction In October 2013, staff reported the announcement of provincial funding for construction of the Waterfront Trail through the Lynde Shores Conservation Area. CLOCA staff completed planning, consultation, and design work for the trail, and tendered the project for construction in early July. With the approval from the Board, Hawkins Contracting Ltd. were retained for the construction of the trail. Trail construction commenced in late August, and the first phase of works were completed by the end of October. The trail base materials and drainage features have all been completed, and the contractor is scheduled to return to the site in the late spring to fine grade the trail surface and provide the 3 meter wide asphalt finish. cont d..2

15 FILE: LALC1 Page 2 S.R.: November 6, 2014 Lynde Shores Conservation Area Boardwalk Removal Project Authority staff received funding from the Ontario Community Environment Fund to assist with the removal of a deteriorated section of the Lynde Shores Boardwalk. In August / September 2014, staff removed approximately 100 feet of the boardwalk that consisted of the removal / recycling (wherever feasible) and disposal of pressure treated materials and over 100 tires that were previously submerged in the Lynde Shores Provincially Significant Wetland. Operations staff removed a number of hazard trees that were predominantly Ash and Poplar trees from the Chickadee Trail located within the Lynde Shores CA. Most of the trees were badly decayed and in need of removal by staff. cont d..3

16 FILE: LALC1 Page 3 S.R.: November 6, 2014 Heber Down Conservation Area Pit Rehabilitation Project In February 2014, staff reported on proposed pit rehabilitation projects in cooperation with The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation (TOARC) and the Management of Abandoned Aggregate Properties Program. Work has commenced on the Heber Down CA project, with the clearing of vegetation from an eroded gully on the Lynde Creek valley wall adjacent to the Devil s Den pond. Vegetation removal was completed by Land Management & Operations staff. TOARC retained Canadian Woodlands Inc. to remove trees from the edges of the gully, and expose a substantial pile of concrete and rebar rubble that had historically been dumped in the gully. TOARC will tender a contract early in 2015 for the clean-up of the concrete, grading of the gully, and restoration of disturbed areas. In addition to removing the public hazard associated with the concrete and rebar rubble, the completed project will provide an access route to the Devil s Den pond for future projects. Heber Down Conservation Area Deloitte Impact Day Friday October 3, 2014 CLOCA staff partnered with staff from Deloitte and Touche again this year and identified some areas at the Heber Down Conservation Area that were in need of attention: 1) Wetland Walk Renovation the small oxbow scar / wetland area adjacent to the main parking lot has become an important showcase for environmental education and programming. This area received some attractive cedar rail fencing, new wooden viewing area benches and some much needed trail work around the perimeter of the wetland feature. Renovation efforts at this location will greatly assist the environmental education program and ensuring the visitor experience for elementary school children will be heightened. 2) Main Trail Relocation Work approximately 100 m of trail was in need of attention due to erosion concerns associated with the Lynde Creek. Workers at this location worked diligently to relocate the trail and finish a new trail complete with limestone screenings to the west of the existing trail. The former trail route was decommissioned. 3) Cullen Entrance to Heber Down CA a formal entrance from the Cullen lands was finally established at the south end of the Heber Down CA. Workers at this location cleared, grubbed and backfilled limestone screenings to create a sanctioned entrance. They also installed a CLOCA secondary sign in an effort to communicate to visitors that they are entering lands owned by CLOCA. Purple Woods Conservation Area Ben DeWaal of CLOCA coordinated some helping hands from the Employment Assistance Program (ie. former Ontario Works Program) to ensure that firewood was split and stacked at the Purple Woods CA in preparation for the upcoming maple syrup season. The volunteers also cleared vegetation from the maple sap collection pipe lines in preparation for the upcoming season. This program has ensured that CLOCA staff will have ample seasoned firewood come maple syrup production season in the spring. cont d..4

17 FILE: LALC1 Page 4 S.R.: November 6, 2014 Other Conservation Area Developments: A number of hazard trees have been safely removed by Operations staff this year. It is a common occurrence for Authority staff to be contacted by members of the public that are using our trail network on our lands to report trees down. Trees are often reported as down and / or blocking a public use area or the trees represented a hazard to a public use area. Lands staff prioritize these reports accordingly and respond as quickly as reasonably possible. The majority of the trees were within an unsafe distance to public use areas and trails at the Heber Down CA, Long Sault CA, Lynde Shores CA and Stephen s Gulch CA. In June, 2014 staff received a report of a bear sighting at the Purple Woods CA. Staff posted notices at the area that bear sightings have been reported. The sightings were reported to local Conservation Officers and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Land Management & Operations staff budgeted for the replacement of many of our Conservation Area main entrance signs dating back to To date only a few old signs remain. All old signage including the Main Administrative Office location will be removed and replaced completely by Land Management & Operations staff would like to thank Emily Gallant, Gord Geissberger and Patricia Lowe of CLOCA for their efforts, design work and expertise in creating a fresh image at the main entrance locations to our Conservation Areas. Conservation Areas Workshop October 29 to 31, 2014 Land Management and Operations staff were instrumental in organizing the 8 th Annual Step Into Nature Conservation Areas Workshop that was held October 29-31, 2014 at the YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia. The workshop was very well attended with over 150 staff from 30 different Conservation Areas throughout the Province of Ontario. CLOCA Lands & Operations staff benefitted from attendance at the following sessions: Day #1 Provincial Offences Officer Refresher Training OR Day #1 CLOCA Purple Woods Conservation Area CLOCA hosted over 40 delegates at the Purple Woods Heritage Hall. On this day delegates toured the building and learned about the construction practices and building features. Much of the focus on this day was on maple sap collection and maple syrup production (see agenda attached). cont d..5

18 FILE: LALC1 Page 5 S.R.: November 6, 2014 Days #2/3 Concurrent Sessions (to name a few) o Hazard Tree Identification and Management o Photography Training o Hunting o Update Session and Careers in Conservation Authorities o Customer Service o Risk Management and Legal Implications o Trails and AODA A copy of the final program is attached for the member s reference as is a copy of the agenda for the Day#1 at Purple Woods CA RECOMMENDATION: THAT Staff Report # be received for information. DEH/RPS/bb ATTACH. s:/reports/2014/sr5248_14.docx

19 Conservation Areas Workshop Day #1 Purple Woods Conservation Area 38 Coates Road East, Oshawa, Ontario October 29, :00am to 3:00pm The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority is looking forward to hosting you as part of Day #1 activities and the 2014 Conservation Areas Workshop. We will welcome you to the Purple Woods Conservation Area Heritage Hall that officially opened for business at the start of the 2012 maple syrup season. The focus of the day will be to introduce participants to maple syrup, the production process, and food safety / equipment utilized for the production process. We will tour the Purple Woods CA and new Heritage Hall, including the trail network and maple syrup sugar shack. Please dress appropriately to be outside on this day. 1. Muffins/Coffee 9:45 to 10:00am 2. Welcome / Introduction (CLOCA, Dan Hope) 10:00am to 10:10am 3. Speakers Perry Sisson (CLOCA, Director of Operations) 10:10am to 10:30am i. Heritage Hall Construction ii. Building Features Don Sutcliffe (Builder) 10:30am to 10:45am i. Agedwood Structures Paul Bailey (OMAFRA Food Inspection Branch) 10:45am to 11:15am i. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Dave Brackenridge (Squirrel Creek Farms) 11:15pm to 11:30pm i. Making Syrup for Beginners Steve Bedard (Lapierre, Maple Syrup Products) 11:30am to 11:45pm i. Lapierre Equipment ii. Vacuum, Tubing, Line Maintenance Bev Campbell (Lapierre, Maple Syrup Products) 11:45am to 12:15pm i. Lapierre Equipment ii. Food Safety, Cleanliness 4. FALL HARVEST LUNCH (CATERED) 12:15pm to 1:00pm 5. Purple Woods Conservation Area Guided Hike 1:00pm to 2:00pm Hike Leaders Bill / Richard Goulding i. Sustainable Trails ii. Accessibility and Trail Building Techniques 6. Purple Woods CA Sugar Shack Tour 2:00pm to 3:00pm Lead Producer Todd Backus of CLOCA Sap Collection Maple Syrup Production Food Safety, Finishing and Bottling 7. Depart for YMCA Geneva Park 3:00pm to 3:30pm

20 Quick View Program 2014 Conservation Areas Workshop Wednesday 29 October Site Visits: Choose between Kelso/Glen Eden Conservation Area (nr. Milton), or Purple Woods Conservation Area (nr. Oshawa). POA Refresher Training at Geneva Park ATV Training at Mountsberg Conservation Area Day 1 (of 2) Chainsaw Training at Geneva Park (Ontario Parks Association) Dinner & Registration at Geneva Park, 4pm onwards Amazing Race & Bar open at 9pm onwards. Thursday 30 October all sessions at Geneva Park 6.00am Morning Work Out (optional!) 7.30am Breakfast 8.45am Welcome Niall Lobley (CH), Ken Phillips (CH), John Vice (CH), Kim Gavine (CO) 9.15am Keynote Address: Ethan Melag Born to be Wild 10.15am Break 10.30am Workshop Session: Hunting In Conservation Areas; Gord Costie (HCA), Byron Wesson (NVCA), Rick Maw & Mike Foley (MNR) Workshop Session: Updates in the Conservation Authority World; Marsh Insurance, Denyse Sanderson (Insurance and Benefits Committee), Jayme Crittenden (CO), Judi Orendorff, Ken Whitbread & Kelli McCormack (Panel discussion on the future of Oak Ridges, Greenbelt, and NEP & NEPOSS) Training: Chainsaw Day 2 (of 2) (Ontario Parks Association) Training: Playground Safety (Ontario Parks Association) Training: Lead Hand/Supervisor Competency (Ontario Parks Association) Lunch 1.00pm Workshop Session: Hunting in Conservation Areas; Chris Goodwin (OFAH), Mike Knox (UTRCA), Kevin Money (ERCA) Workshop Session: Careers in Conservation Authorities; Ken Philips (CH), University of Guelph Young Conservation Professionals, Panel Discussion on Careers in CA s Training: All sessions continue from morning Training: An Introduction to Ice Rescue, Training and Risk Management (Raven Rescue) 2.30pm Workshop: Restoration in Conservation Areas; Ralph Toninger (TRCA) Workshop: Partners in Trails; Patrick Connor (OTC), Ron Partner (OFSC), Sue Buckle & Troy Storms (NBMCA) Training: All sessions continue as above 4.00pm Break 4.15pm Exhibitor Market Place Opens Innovation Awards, Passport Prizes and Bar/Networking 7.00pm Dinner 9.00pm Vegas Night Casino at Geneva Park & Bar Friday 31 October 6.30am 7.30am 8.30am 9.00am 10.30am 11.00am 1.00pm 3.00pm Morning Work Out (optional!) Breakfast Morning Announcements Workshop Session: Monitoring Visitor Impacts; Victoria Edwards (CVC), Steve Roesch (TRCA) Workshop Session: Risk Management & Legal; Marsh Insurance 3D Risk Management Modelling for CA s, John Olah (Beard Winter LLP), Niall Lobley (CH) Training: Introduction to Climbing for Conservation Areas Staff (Tundra Rescue) Training: Photography for CA Staff Promotion, Media and Web (Ethan Melag) Training: Hazard Tree Introduction (Ian Bruce) Break & Check Out Workshop Session: Technology in Parks (Steven Lenstra) Workshop Session: AODA and Recreational Trails; Bob Topping (GAATES), Accessibility Directorate (TBC) Training: All sessions continue as above Lunch, Closing Remarks and Passport Winner Announcement Close

21 DATE: November 3, 2014 FILE: MEMO TO: REPORT CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY ACEH22 S.R.: APPROVED BY C.A.O. FROM: Chair and Members, CLOCA Board of Directors Cathy Grant, Education Instructor Patricia Lowe, Director Stewardship, Education & Communications SUBJECT: Education Program Update For the past 26 years, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority has delivered formal and informal education programs to ensure environmental literacy for students and constituents in our jurisdiction. The following is a summary of our accomplishments from September 2013 to August ELEMENTARY PROGRAMS In Your Watershed Staff continue to offer new programs and upgrade old ones to fit into the new public education curriculum. In Your Watershed now offers 15 programs to elementary schools and 3 programs to secondary schools in CLOCA s jurisdiction. Within these programs we deliver a variety of hands-on, see and do activities, to reach a variety of curriculum expectations. One full time, one half time and one on-call instructor currently coordinate the bookings, develop and deliver the programs. Teachers are able to select the program and location for delivery either one of Enniskillen, Lynde Shores, Purple Woods or Heber Down Conservation Areas. The Enniskillen Conservation Area continues to be the most popular choice, this in part because of its modern facilities, indoor classroom space, and accessibility to water features, trails and indoor plumbing. We generally service the Durham District, Durham Catholic, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic, Kawartha Pineridge School Boards and various Montessori schools. We engaged just over 6,700 students during the 2013/2014 school year, up from 6,500 students last year. Staff offer a variety of flexible options like the in-school program. The in-school program, Watershed In My Backyard, is designed to give students an opportunity to explore their local creeks and valley lands and the animals that live there. Learning outcomes focus on aquatic and terrestrial systems within the watershed as well as introducing the students to wildlife through the use of our animal fur and skull collection. Staff deliver the program to incorporate single and multiple grades as well as special needs classes. Financial support from the Ministry of Education to School Boards for outdoor education programs has resulted in an increase in schools coming from the Durham Catholic District School Board. As well about 75 percent of our teachers return each year and provide us with positive feedback by sharing their experience with their peers. Education staff continue to work with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) education staff to deliver their Project Webfoot wetland program. Project Webfoot is funded through the Royal Ashburn Golf Club (RAGC) annual golf tournament, which raises funds to cover the costs of sending a classroom to a Project Webfoot program. This year only 3 classes took part from Durham region. DUC has partnered again with RAGC, CLOCA and various school boards to deliver a new mentor program. A successful proposal to the Ontario Trillium Foundation will provide an indoor teaching facility and enhanced trails and washrooms at the RAGC. CLOCA education staff have committed to mentoring local High school students to support this new partnership. Evaluation and Program Improvements Each participating teacher is asked to submit an evaluation form upon completion of a program, which they can either, fax, mail or fill out while they are at the program. Although we only receive about 5 percent feedback, the evaluations we do receive are extremely positive. Despite the poor return rate on the evaluations, our bookings with past teacher clients indicate their overall satisfaction with our programs and their delivery. Many teachers simply share their satisfaction with the program directly with CLOCA staff or follow-up with a phone call or to thank us for the program. cont d..2

22 FILE: ACEH22 Page 2 S.R.: November 3, 2014 Ministry of Natural Resources Species at Risk Program CLOCA staff were successful in securing funding from the Ministry of Natural Resources Species at Risk Stewardship Fund to develop a Species at Risk pilot education program called Risky Business for Lynde Shores Conservation Area. Details of this program are included in Staff Report Program Promotions Our promotional activities continue to rely on the annual August mailing of our In Your Watershed brochure to all schools within our watershed. Programs are broken down by grade level to make it easier for teachers to see what is available to their specific grade. s are also sent out to our Board contacts as well as reminder postcards which are sent in advance of special program registration like the Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival. Transportation Costs for Program Delivery With the high cost of bussing, staff continue to build on programs they can deliver at local schools, as noted above. Enniskillen Education Centre To comply with health and safety requirements and protect resources like our taxidermy animals, new cabinets were installed and fresh paint added to interior fixtures at the Enniskillen Education Centre, Exterior enhancements included new eavestroughs with a downspout hookup to our rain barrels which are used to maintain our pollinator garden. A $ grant was received from TD Friends of the Environment to install a new floating dock at the Enniskillen Conservation Area, as well as money to purchase a projector and screen to utilize the ipads purchased for the Species at Risk program. The new floating dock on the Enniskillen Pond, hard at work Winter Feels Good, Winter Snowshoe Program Since 2008 we have offered this program to students from K-12. To assist with rising bus costs, staff will go to the school and offer 1 or 2 hour programs. The 1 hour program allows us to see several classes over the course of a day; however it is dependent on good snow cover in our more urban areas of the watershed. With the fabulous snow conditions in we were able to introduce 1500 students to the sport of snowshoeing. Purple Woods Maple Syrup 2014 The Sugar Bush Tours continue to be well received by students, teachers and parents. In 2014, our numbers were back to capacity with over 1500 students participating. The pancake lunch option continues to be a popular choice with schools booking the 10:45 am or 1:00 pm tours. cont d..3

23 FILE: ACEH22 Page 3 S.R.: November 3, 2014 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Ontario Monarch Teachers Network In July, staff helped facilitate a three day training session in Cobourg presented by the Monarch Teachers Network and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The intent of this workshop was to train other teachers to deliver the Monarch message to their students. Voices from the Land Staff participated in a 2 day workshop held at Lake St. George in November. This workshop teaches participants the use of oral and written language, art, culture and performance. Participants explore a natural site, as a member of a team, and create art from found materials. They write and perform poetry. This program is appropriate for students of all abilities. We have incorporated what we learned into our school visits, public events and our teacher workshops. Educational Assistants Workshop Once again we were approached by the Durham District School Board to facilitate a staff professional development workshop. Fifty (50) Education Assistant Teachers registered to participate in the workshop that introduced them to the Voices from the Land program and given ideas on how to incorporate the outdoors into the curriculum. Participants were taken on a hike and asked to collect material from nature to create art and then visited the wetland to learn about its inhabitants. Aboriginal Awareness Training On June 2 staff participated in a one day workshop on cross-cultural Training with Oshawa Community Heath Center. Tuesday s On the Trail Every summer CLOCA education staff assist Ontario Power Generation with the delivery of their summer outdoor environmental education program. This year, we delivered For the Love of Insects on Tuesday August 19th to approximately 100 participants. We provided activities that allowed parents and kids alike to explore wet and dry environments at the Darlington site. CLOCA received some excellent coverage by local media for this event. Watershed Wilderness Nature Hikes These free programs are offered to the general public to engage them in hands-on family experiences at our Conservation Areas. Our goal with this program is to take advantage of seasonal changes in our watershed and provide our participants with the skills and comfort to explore natural environments on their own. The following is a list of programs offered through the Watershed Wilderness Nature Hikes program in cont d..4

24 FILE: ACEH22 Page 4 S.R.: November 3, 2014 DATE ACTIVITY LOCATION ATTENDANCE Friday February 14/14 Valentine Snowshoe Enniskillen 75 Saturday May 3/14 CLOCA Annual Tree Plant Enniskillen 75 Saturday June 7/14 Conservation Area Work Day Enniskillen 2 Friday June 20/14 Summer Solstice Purple Woods 12 Saturday October 4/14 Voices from the Land-Art in Nature Enniskillen 50 Saturday October 25/14 Conservation Area Work Day Enniskillen 8 Summer Solstice Fire Fly Hike and Dinner Summer Programs Staff continue to deliver their education programs to various day camps throughout the summer months. We have delivered programs to Town of Ajax, Salvation Army Camp and English as a Second Language groups. We partnered with two new programs in 2014, the Clarington Public Library and Durham District School Boards Summer Literacy Camp, providing a total of 6 programs in July and August reaching an estimated 200 children. We have been approached by an established environmental program to consider hosting their camp at Enniskillen Conservation Area for 3 weeks next summer. Ontario Power Generation is also considering relocating their Tuesdays on the Trail program to this same facility. Staff will review and consider the two proposals as a way of utilizing this facility during the summer months. RECOMMENDATION: THAT Staff Report be received for information. CG/PL/bb s:/reports/2014/sr5244_14.docx

25 DATE: November 3, 2014 FILE: MEMO TO: REPORT CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY AGRA28 S.R.: APPROVED BY C.A.O. FROM: SUBJECT: Chair and Members, CLOCA Board of Directors Patricia Lowe, Director - Stewardship, Education & Communication Species at Risk, Lynde Shores Conservation Area Species at Risk Habitat Improvement Program Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Species at Risk Branch and their Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, Central Lake Ontario Conservation was the recipient of some much needed financial support for Species at Risk at Lynde Shores Conservation Area. The Lynde Shores Conservation Area Species at Risk Habitat Improvement Program focused on 3 specific bird species, the Bobolink, Chimney Swift and Barn Swallow, all of which are listed as threatened. This means these birds are likely to become endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to their potential extirpation or extinction. The total funding received from the Ministry of Natural Resources was $9, to cover a portion of the human resources, materials and supplies associated with the project. CLOCA matched this funding with $5, in-kind and $9, cash contributions, which were primarily salaries and equipment. A full report which includes program documents and financial details is available to Board members upon request. The following summarizes the deliverables for this program and the department team responsible for each project component. Cranberry West Tract Bobolink Habitat Management Natural Heritage and Areas Staff Existing meadow habitats are now being managed in a way that will maintain and create appropriate habitat for Bobolink. Management activities now established over the long term include rotational mowing, removal of woody debris, scarifying and frost seeding to increase the percent cover and species diversity of grasses within the management area over time, conducting 3 annual Bobolink surveys between May 1 and July 31 at established monitoring stations following OMNR Bobolink Survey Methodology and conducting annual vegetation monitoring along existing transects within the habitat management areas. All approaches and methodologies were carried out in accordance with the Bobolink Habitat Management Plan for Cranberry West Tract (2012) and approved by OMNR in This work was completed in 2013 and A summary of accomplishments and data was included in the Cranberry West Tract: Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzifourus) Habitat Management Activity Report Chimney Swift and Barn Swallow Research and Workshop Natural Heritage Staff Conducted a literature review/online research and hosted a workshop with experts in aerial foraging species to assess roosting/nesting habitat potential for Chimney Swifts and Barn Swallows in two existing abandoned roofless concrete silos. The workshop was hosted at CLOCA offices on Friday January 10 th, 2014 with participants representing OMNR, Ontario Power Generation, Ministry of Transportation, Bird Studies Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Parks, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, University of Guelph and Central Lake Ontario Conservation. A final report including designs for 4 different habitat scenarios was produced. cont d..2

26 FILE: AGRA28 Page 2 S.R.: November 3, 2014 Species at Risk Education Program Education Staff We developed a half day outdoor seasonal Species at Risk program suitable for grades 6 and 7 to incorporate into CLOCA s existing outdoor environmental education program at Lynde Shores Conservation Area. Staff created a comprehensive curriculum based lesson plan, promotional and communication products to target elementary schools in Whitby. We provided 10 free programs to interested grade 6 or 7 teachers during the week of October 6 to 10 th, 2014 as a pilot project. The program included the purchase of 2 ipads which were used in the field to demonstrate monitoring and habitat management. As well students conducted vegetation and bird monitoring activities, assessed the silo options developed at the above workshop and visited the Raptor Watch at Cranberry Marsh. A final survey has been delivered to the participating classes to assess our options of offering this program in the future. Communication Products Communication Staff A webpage, news release, newsletter and kiosk sign were created to promote the above 3 project components. Risky Business Silo Workshop Bobolink Management RECOMMENDATION: THAT Staff Report be received for information. PL/bb s:/report/2014/sr5245_14.docx

27 DATE: November 3, 2014 FILE: MEMO TO: REPORT CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY AGRC22 S.R.: APPROVED BY C.A.O. FROM: Chair and Members, CLOCA Board of Directors Patricia Lowe, Director - Stewardship, Education & Communication SUBJECT: TD Tree Days 2014 In 2014, Central Lake Ontario Conservation staff were approached by TD Tree Days, a program offered by TD Friends of the Environment, to assist them with their tree planting activities in Durham Region. We were asked to host fall planting 4 events, 3 in our Conservation Areas and 1 in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services in Whitby. The volunteers in attendance were TD Employees, friends and family as well as local Girl Guide groups. The following summarizes the event outcomes for each planting. CLOCA staff estimate that one hectare of forest has been established in Durham Region through the TD Tree Days program in Location Date Trees Planted Volunteers Engaged Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services Saturday September 13 th Volunteers (150 volunteer hours) Purple Woods Conservation Area Saturday September 21 st Volunteers (180 volunteer hours) Heber Down Conservation Area Saturday September 27 th Volunteers (150 volunteer hours) Bowmanville Westside Marshes Conservation Area Saturday October 18 th Volunteers (150 volunteer hours) TOTAL 1, Volunteer Hours In addition to tree planting, CLOCA piloted a tree maintenance event at Heber Down Conservation Area on Saturday May 31 st, which allowed us to assess planting fatalities, conduct pruning and mulching for the trees planted in 2013 in partnership with TD Tree Days. The survival rate was extremely high, an estimated 90 % as the plant material is larger and potted, compared to our seedling bare root stock typically planted at spring events. The cost of the trees and supplies like tree guards is covered by TD Friends of the Environment, as well as CLOCA staff time dedicated to planning and implementing the planting projects. A total project amount of $22, has been invoiced to TD Tree Days to cover those expenses. We have received excellent feedback from the TD staff involved and can expect to see requests to host planting events in RECOMMENDATION: THAT Staff Report be received for information. PL/bb s:/reports/2014/sr5246_14.docx

28 DATE: November 6, 2014 FILE: MEMO TO: REPORT CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY ACCB23 S.R.: APPROVED BY C.A.O. FROM: SUBJECT: Chair and Members, CLOCA Board of Directors Patricia Lowe, Director, Stewardship, Education and Communication Yvonne Storm, Education Instructor 2014 Durham Children s Groundwater Festival Summary Background Launched as part of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority s (CLOCA) 40 th anniversary theme of water quality in 1998, the goal of the Durham Children s Groundwater Festival is to increase grade four student awareness concerning water issues and motivating them to become water stewards in their home, classroom and community. The Festival includes 35 hands-on interactive activity centres with messages relevant to everyday lives around the concepts of water conservation and protection. Through the activity centres, the students discover the importance of water, and how their actions impact the watershed in which they live Event Summary The 2014 Durham Children s Groundwater Festival was held at Camp Samac from Monday, September 22 to Friday, September 26, celebrating our 17 th anniversary with 4,266 grade four students attending. Scheduling the Festival in September is not without its challenges as staff provide advanced booking services in June, work around September professional development days and the annual Terry Fox Runs for the four school boards we service. The benefits of a fall festival continue to outweigh those challenges and give our participating teachers the entire school year to incorporate lessons learned and create links for their students. With the financial and inkind contributions of our sponsors, we continue to subsidize costs for students to make the experience affordable. The location at Camp Samac is central to participating schools and provides our visitors with a safe environment to explore natural and simulated water activities. A tributary of Oshawa Creek travels through Camp Samac, providing our participants with an opportunity to view the migration and life cycle of Coho and Chinook salmon. This is always a major highlight with children coming face to face with these extraordinary fish that swim against the current to jump through the dam. Since our first Festival in 1998, over 68,200 grade four students, 7,280 high school students and 7,765 teacher and parent volunteers have participated in this event. Participation numbers continue to increase each year with new and returning schools attending across the Region. Efforts were made in 2014 to broaden our inclusion of high school students to deliver the activity centres. Despite our efforts to contact every high school in Durham Region through a newly created database, no new schools participated. We will continue to connect with our new contacts to promote the opportunities for high school participation in In total this year, 12 high schools participated with a total of 381 volunteers. The students received training on their specific activity in class so that when they come to the Festival, they provide the grade 4 participants with relevant information and messages around protecting and conserving water resources. Many of the high school students participated in the Festival as grade 4 students in the past, and their return as activity leaders inspires them to share their knowledge in a fun and exciting atmosphere. cont d..2

29 FILE: ACCB23 Page 2 S.R.: November 7, 2014 In an effort to fill some of the gaps in activity centre delivery, we were fortunate to have our corporate sponsors step up with 28 volunteer staff from Ontario Power Generation Darlington, Holcim/Dufferin Aggregates, RBC and Durham Region. Another ongoing partnership with Durham College saw 25 of their students volunteering in the activity centres for a full day. A significant milestone and a tribute to our longevity, is we now have a third generation of education clients, as some of the Durham College students attended the Festival when they were in grade four. Sponsorship Program A number of local and regional corporate sponsors contribute financial and in-kind resources to the Festival, ensuring activity centres are updated, volunteers receive lunch and refreshments and bussing costs are subsidized. We held our annual VIP lunch event on Tuesday September 23 to recognize the 2014 sponsors. The event was hosted by CLOCA Chair, Mayor Pat Perkins, and provided recognition plaques under the sponsorship categories of Event Sponsor ($50,000+), Diamond ($5,000+), Platinum ($2,500+) and Gold ($1,000+) Sponsors. Additional categories include Silver ($500+) and Bronze (up to $499) which are recognized on the sponsor board and in a media thank you. The Region of Durham funded $50,000 towards the 2014 Festival allowing us to create a new category for Event Sponsor. A total of 23 organizations and businesses sponsored the 2014 Festival, contributing an estimated $30,300 to our revenue budget. The following sponsors provided financial donations to the 2014 Festival: Cargill Foundation Holcim/Dufferin Aggregates The Region of Durham Durham Region Works Department Municipality of Clarington RBC Foundation St Mary s Cement TD Friends of the Environment Trans Canada Pipelines Ltd. Ontario Power Generation Since 2007, we have raised close to $230,300 dollars from sponsors and grants and $214,510 from student participation fees to operate the Festival. Another aspect of our Festival contributing significantly to its ongoing financial success is the value of in-kind contributions. In 2014, we estimate the in-kind contributions to the Festival operations alone from volunteers to supplies and materials, was in excess of $35,000. Sponsor Media Event CLOCA Board recognizes St. Mary s Cement cont d..3

30 FILE: ACCB23 Page 3 S.R.: November 7, 2014 Thanks to support from our Event Sponsor, The Region of Durham, staff were able to spend more time in making improvements to Festival operations and delivery with less time needed for preparing funding proposals and researching prospective sponsors. Staff were able this year to create an online registration system for grade 4 teachers, which was very effective at streamlining that process for the teachers and our staff. A teachers workshop was hosted prior to the Festival which allows the teachers to bring payment, collect an assortment of printed teachers resources and get a feel for the Festival and all it has to offer Milestones The Litterless Festival introduced in 2010 is now standard and students cooperate by bringing a boomerang lunch using reusable containers and returning recyclables, food waste or packaging for proper disposal at home. Over the course of the week, with more than 5,000 visitors, we collect a modest grocery bag of waste, most of which is accidentally left behind in the lunch tents. Prior to the litterless lunch concept, our waste was closer to 4 or 5 garbage bags per day. We eliminated the purchase of water in plastic water bottles again this year, providing bulk water for the volunteers who were encouraged to bring a refillable bottle. As some of our sponsors are challenged to be on site for the 5 days of the Festival to coordinate the 3 activity areas, a corporate decision was made to look at options to hire temporary staff or solicit support from various CLOCA departments. We were delighted that four CLOCA Natural Heritage and Administration staff willingly offered to assist us with coordination of the 3 activity areas, making logistics and delivery seamless and efficient. Having staff familiar with the Festival operations, as well as being fully trained in CLOCA s Health and Safety procedures was extremely helpful and lots of improvements and ideas were implemented throughout the week. A special thanks to Brandi Boardman, Peter Molson, Diana Shermet and Jackie Scott for their assistance and support. We also brought in a volunteer teacher in training, Meagan McCrae, one of our exceptional volunteers from the 2014 Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival. She worked alongside staff as well as independently strengthening all aspects of the Festival, including setup and takedown activities. One of our highlight activities continues to be Aboriginal Voices, a story telling activity featuring Chief Topleaf and his aboriginal artifacts. Due to an increase in demand, the activity was relocated to Council Hall, a larger more comfortable facility allowing us to accommodate more students. Not only did the Chief appreciate the larger hall and wooden floors, but the audience spent less time lining up and comfortably enjoyed the story of water conservation from a First Nation s perspective. The Chief cont d..4

31 FILE: ACCB23 Page 4 S.R.: November 7, 2014 Lunch time continues to be a challenge as the grade 4 students inhale their lunch and are itching to get back into the Festival, even though the activity centres are closed and the volunteers are still enjoying their well-deserved break. We piloted a lunch time entertainer, Glen Caradus from the Paddling Puppeteers who provided an interactive puppet and music show. The participating students were thoroughly entertained with an adventure through the history of Ontario s waterways. We will continue with this addition to the Festival in 2015, exploring different entertainers and activities. Lunchtime Entertainment Back to the Festival after lunch Durham Children s Groundwater Festival Committee (DCGF Committee) The DCGF Committee, which was established as a coordinating body of representatives from each of our community sponsors, looks forward to 2015 as we enhance and provide the experience and tools for students, teachers and volunteers to become water stewards in their home, school and community. Central Lake Ontario Conservation staff provide on-going coordination, program development, fundraising, accounting and administration duties to the Committee. Members of the Committee represent Ontario Power Generation, Kawartha Pine Ridge, Durham and Durham Catholic District School Boards, Region of Durham Health and Works Departments, Scouts Canada, Friends of Second Marsh and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Festival Improvements In summary, the recommendations for improvements are based on teacher surveys and feedback from staff, volunteers and parents, and will focus on the recommendations made in this report supporting our efforts to enlist more high schools, upgrade and enhance activity centres and lunch time activities and continue to upgrade and streamline registration. The Fire Brigade Amazing Aquatic Adventure cont d..5

32 FILE: ACCB23 Page 5 S.R.: November 7, 2014 Oshawa Fire Department visits the Festival every day at lunch Area One Activity Centres RECOMMENDATION: THAT Staff Report # be received for information. PL/YS/bb s:/report/2014/5255_14.docx