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West Humber Green Streams

Help us make the West Humber the healthiest river in the GTA!

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Green Streams is helping the West Humber River Watershed to be the healthiest in the GTA!

Through the Green Streams Program, community groups, schools and businesses, the City of Brampton and Toronto and Region Conservation are working together to make public green spaces in the West Humber River valleys, cleaner and greener for all to enjoy!

 

How does Green Streams work?

Green Streams invites community groups, schools and businesses to adopt City owned valleys in the West Humber River Watershed. 

Adoptee groups are provided with tools and resources to steward these lands and complement extensive restoration done on these lands through the City of Brampton's Brampton Valleys Re-naturalization Planting Program (BVRPP) and Toronto and Region Conservation's Valley Restoration Program (VRP). 

Green Streams is a great example of collaboration at its best!

Green Streams' Adoptee restoration activities include:

  • Infill tree, shrub and wildflower planting
  • Infill aquatic planting
  • Litter clean-ups
  • Construction of wildlife habitat such as bird boxes
  • Community outreach such as Yellow Fish Road Storm Drain Marking
  • Environmental monitoring

City of Brampton's BVRPP restoration activities include:

  • Caliper tree planting
  • Shrub and wildflower nodal planting
  • Invasive species removal
*   City of Brampton also develops trails and pathways and storm water management ponds, often found in the City's valleys.

Toronto and Region Conservation's VRP activities include:

  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Watercourse naturalization
  • Riparian and upland tree planting
  • Wetland construction  and associated tree, shrub and aquatic plantings

Who are the Green Streams Adoptees?

Currently 6 Green Streams sites are adopted.  Click the highlighted pins on the interactive map below to view the Brampton Valleys and meet their Adoptee Groups.

 

What is restoration and why does it matter?

The West Humber River needs us! Science shows us that this portion of the Humber River watershed is greatly stressed from rapid land use change. Only by working together can we make the West Humber green and healthy once again.

Restoration speeds up the process of returning land back to its pre-settlement state.  Planting trees and shrubs along the shorelines will help the West Humber by stabilizing the stream banks and helping to prevent erosion. The trees and shrubs will also assist in improving water quality. Shade from the trees provides cooler temperatures for fish and creates habitat for creatures such as turtles and frogs. Cleaning up litter and building and installing wildlife habitat structures will also help bring nature back to these areas.

 

Green Streams Achievements

Since the launch of the program in the spring of 2012 through to the fall of 2013, Green Streams Adoptees have contributed to the health of the Humber River watershed through the following activities and achievements:

  • Planting 7425 trees and shrubs, 216 aquatic plants and 75 wildflowers;
  • Removing over 170 bags of garbage from adopted sites;
  • Installing 25 song bird nesting habitats;
  • Painting yellow fish on 135 storm drains surrounding adopted valleys as a reminder that what goes down the drain ends up in the river through the Yellow Fish Road Program;
  • Raising 600 Atlantic Salmon in the classroom for release into the Humber through the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program
  • Conducting over 50 environmnetal events.  Activities include planting, monitoring and maintaining plants, educational activites such as Emerald Ash Borer information sessions, and nature walks;
  • Contributing approximately 5000 volunteer hours to stewarding their adopted sites!

 

Get Involved!

Whether you want to adopt a site, come out to an event, or just learn more about the green spaces in your community, every action can make a difference.

Everyone is welcome to be part of Green Streams - no experience required! 

For more information contact:

Cameron Richardson

Humber River Stewardship Coordinator

416-661-6600 x 5639

greenstreams@trca.on.ca

 

 

What is restoration and why does it matter?

The West Humber River needs us! Science shows us that this portion of the Humber River watershed is greatly stressed from rapid land use change. Only by working together can we make the West Humber green and healthy once again.

Restoration speeds up the process of returning land back to its pre-settlement state.  Planting trees and shrubs along the shorelines will help the West Humber by stabilizing the stream banks and helping to prevent erosion. The trees and shrubs will also assist in improving water quality. Shade from the trees provides cooler temperatures for fish and creates habitat for creatures such as turtles and frogs. Cleaning up litter and building and installing wildlife habitat structures will also help bring nature back to these areas.

 

Green Streams Achievements

Since the launch of the program in the spring of 2012 through to the fall of 2013, Green Streams Adoptees have contributed to the health of the Humber River watershed through the following activities and achievements:

  • Planting 7425 trees and shrubs, 216 aquatic plants and 75 wildflowers;
  • Removing over 170 bags of garbage from adopted sites;
  • Installing 25 song bird nesting habitats;
  • Painting yellow fish on 135 storm drains surrounding adopted valleys as a reminder that what goes down the drain ends up in the river through the Yellow Fish Road Program;
  • Raising 600 Atlantic Salmon in the classroom for release into the Humber through the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program
  • Conducting over 50 environmnetal events.  Activities include planting, monitoring and maintaining plants, educational activites such as Emerald Ash Borer information sessions, and nature walks;
  • Contributing approximately 5000 volunteer hours to stewarding their adopted sites!

 

Get Involved!

Whether you want to adopt a site, come out to an event, or just learn more about the green spaces in your community, every action can make a difference.

Everyone is welcome to be part of Green Streams - no experience required! 

For more information contact:

Cameron Richardson

Humber River Stewardship Coordinator

416-661-6600 x 5639

greenstreams@trca.on.ca