Across a broad swath of south-central Ontario a coalition of 13 agencies are
working together to better understand and manage water resources. The Oak Ridges
Moraine focused program stretches from the Credit and Nottawasaga Watersheds in
the west to the Trent River in the east and reaches from the shores of Lake
Ontario northwards to beyond Lake Simcoe and the Kawartha Lakes. The program
provides a multi-agency, collaborative approach to collecting, analyzing and
disseminating water resource knowledge as a basis for effective stewardship of
water resources. Agencies and consultants look to the program to provide the
regional geological and hydrogeological context for their ongoing technical
studies and management initiatives.
The root of effective water
management is linked to data. The Program's
extensive database is one of Canada's largest,
actively-mananged groundwater databases, containing
a wealth of high quality geological and
hydrogeological water related data."
The data is used to interpret the subsurface
geology and the area's groundwater flow system.
The program has produced "authoritative"
geological layering for the area, and the
groundwater flow system and its linkage to the
region's surface waters is continually being
refined and improved through groundwater flow
models that have made extensive use of the
program's interpretive products.
Using the extensive database to make skillful
interpretations, the knowledge pertaining to the
region's subsurface geology and the groundwater flow
system has grown extensively. Partner agencies and
consultants continue to benefit from the cooperative
approach taken to advance groundwater knowledge in
this part of Ontario.