Review of Implementation of the Water Resource System in the Greenbelt

There is a need for updated and finer resolution mapping with layers that delineate surface and sub-surface hydrologic features and elements that reflect hydrologic functions.

Jun 12, 2020   •   Research, Natural Systems

This report summarizes the findings of research on how municipalities in the Greenbelt, along with Conservation Authorities and other partners, are incorporating and implementing water resource system (WRS) policies developed by the Province of Ontario. Attention is focused on common challenges faced across the Greenbelt and opportunities for improving policy implementation and the protection of the water resource system.

There is a need for updated and finer resolution mapping with layers that delineate surface and sub-surface hydrologic features and elements that reflect hydrologic functions.

High Level Findings: 

  • Updated Mapping is Needed - There is a need for updated and finer resolution mapping with layers that delineate surface and sub-surface hydrologic features and elements that reflect hydrologic functions.
  • Knowledge Sharing and Written Resources are Needed - With new terms and requirements relating to the WRS in the updated provincial land use plans (Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan), interviewees expressed an immediate need for more technical guidance.

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