MISSION STATEMENT: To preserve and Enhance the Blue Mountain Watershed Ecosystem
Our NEW Watershed Trust video clip is now on YouTube! Click on the bottom-right to watch it full-size:
Our area of interest is composed of independent watersheds that originate in the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The watercourses drain directly into Georgian Bay and include Silver Creek, Black Ash Creek, Townline Creek, Pretty River, Batteaux River, Indian Brook and the Beaver River as well as smaller streams. Our area of interest forms a rectilinear shape bounded by the Georgian Bay shoreline to the north and the highlands of the Niagara Escarpment to the south – an area totaling approximately 90,000 hectares.
The Watershed Trust’s watershed boasts a unique and diverse natural environment. It supports a wide array of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. This attracts visitors and new residents due to its natural beauty. Because of this unique natural environment and geographic location, our watershed is under great pressure to support increased recreational, residential/commercial, extractive and rural activities. Because of the social, economic and ecological value of our remaining wild and delicate places, the Watershed Trust is committed to ensuring the continued environmental health and integrity of our watershed.
We are stewards of the Blue Mountains area. As such, we undertake a broad variety of activities including:
Raising public awareness and outcry about imminent dangers to our natural heritage
Monitoring water quality, pollution and turbidity & working with government and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
Negotiating directly with developers in our area to reduce pressure on sensitive areas
Engaging with 3 levels of government on conservation issues
Holding quarry operators to account and challenging expansion plans
Fundraising to support our work
Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation
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The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust is the winner of the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce 2016 Not for Profit Organization Award. We received a beautiful desk clock plus a certificate from Sandra Cooper, Mayor of Collingwood. The Watershed Trust thanks the Chamber and our Board members Blanka Guyatt and Carl Michener for submitting our successful nomination.
The tree is one of two Sugar Maples donated by the Trust to the Collingwood Arboretum, which is located in Heritage Park (behind McDonald's). The Arboretum is managed and maintained by the Collingwood Horticultural Society. The two trees were donated in the 1990's and have grown into beautiful specimens.
Also, Blanka has arranged for donation of eight 8-10 foot trees which have been planted in Bayview Park in Thornbury.