"SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY ONTARIO CHAPTER 2006 ANNUAL"
SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY ONTARIO CHAPTER 2006 ANNUAL REPORT ONTARIO CHAPTER CONTACTS 2006 President Newsletter Editor Standing Committees Marsha Paley Laura Stephenson Town of Caledon Toronto & Region Conservation Awards 905-584-2272 ext 4256 416-661-6600 ext 5296 Jim Oliver/Jennifer Havelock Fax: 905-634-2080 Fax: 416-661-6898 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Fundraising Jim Oliver/Marsha Paley Past President Canadian Regional Director Pamela Joosse Joe Arbour Membership Ministry of Agriculture and Food 902-465-4144 John Lackey 519-826-3853 Fax: 902-426-3855 Fax: 529-826-3259 Joe.Arbour@ns.sympatico.ca Natural Heritage/Land and email@example.com Forests Canadian Policy Representative Les Misch President-Elect James P. (Jim) Bruce 519-291-4722 John Lackey 613-731-5929 firstname.lastname@example.org 705-734-2538 ext 240 Fax: 613-731-3509 Fax: 705-734-1056 email@example.com Information and Education firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Duke Councillors Vice-President Tali Neta Water Management Gordon Price 416-650-3473 John Parish Dept of Land Resource Science email@example.com 905-877-9531 University of Guelph Fax: 905-877-4143 519-824-4120 ext 2489 Jennifer Havelock firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 519-824-5730 Conservation Ontario email@example.com 905-895-0716 ext 229 Latornell Conservation Fax: 905-895-0751 Symposium Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org John Lackey Peter Chisholm School of Engineering Chris Duke Project Committees University of Guelph Ministry of Agriculture and Food 519-824-4120 ext 53872 519-826-3557 Planning for Extremes Fax: 519-836-0227 Fax: 519-826-3259 Marsha Paley email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org National Workshop on Secretary Watershed Conservation Vacant Marsha Paley Table of Contents Page President’s Message 2 Canadian Policy Representative 3 Canadian Regional Director 3 2006 Annual General Meeting 4 Annual Conference and Board Meeting 5 A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium 5 Awards Committee 6 Fundraising Committee 6 Information and Education Committee 7 Membership Committee 7 Natural Heritage/Land and Forest Committee 7 Water Management Committee 7 Source Water Protection – An Update 8 2006 Financial Statement 9 ____________________________________________________ Mission Statement The mission of the Society is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation by carrying out activities and programs in professional development, conservation science, education, and public affairs. Goal Statement To promote the science, art and ethic of sustainable land and water use with emphasis on the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources, including plant and animal life. The Ontario Chapter was organized in 1951 to give focus to the Society member’s interests in conservation issues within the Province of Ontario. Soil and Water Conservation Society - Ontario Chapter c/o Centre for Land and Water Stewardship Department of Land Resource Science University of Guelph Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1 E-mail: email@example.com www.swcs-ontario.org Soil and Water Conservation Society President’s Message on Watershed Conservation. A proposal Marsha L. Paley has been made to the Gordon Foundation. Funding from the Gordon Foundation and In 2006, several goals were achieved by the the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Executive and the various Standing and appears to be promising. Project Committees supporting the Ontario Chapter. Our main focus has been to move Fundraising continues to be a goal of the forward the work associated with the Chapter. In follow-up to the work of the “Planning for Extremes” project. Through Fundraising Committee in 2005, the the ongoing and exceptional efforts of Jim Chapter set out to raise some additional Bruce, our Canadian Policy Representative, funds in 2006. With donations from the project’s lead authors completed the individuals and from the Planning for initial report in May. For a copy of the Extremes Project Management Team, we report, check out the Chapter’s website. were able to raise a total of $5,000. We are Jim has presented the findings of this initial waiting for matching funds for this amount work at a variety of forums. These from the A.D. Latornell Endowment Fund. presentations and a wide distribution of the These continual fundraising efforts are initial report generated input which is being essential to the ongoing commitment of the incorporated into the final report. The final Chapter for the Award of Merits, report of this acclaimed research is due out professional development and other in early 2007. activities. Your support in these efforts has been appreciated. More information on The Planning for Extremes project making a donation to the Chapter can be continued to be generously supported by provided. Check out our website at the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation www.swcs-ontario.org or contact a member in the total amount of $54,000. Thank you of the Executive for more information. very much for all the hard work from Dr. Jim Bruce, Dr. Trevor Dickinson (University of The 2006 SWCS Annual Conference was Guelph), and Dr. David Lean (University of held in Keystone, Colorado. Several Ottawa). members attended on behalf of the Chapter and participated in board, regional and The Ontario Chapter also worked with delegate meetings. Jim and I were each Ankeny on a concurrent project in the U.S. honoured with a President’s Leadership portion of the Great Lakes. A two-day Award for the Planning for Extremes project. workshop was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in November. A team of SWCS, Ontario continued to play a Canadians and Americans participated in a significant role in the A.D. Latornell comprehensive discussion about the tools Conservation Symposium held in needed to manage resources impacted by November. John Lackey offered once again higher intensity precipitation events. The to represent us as a Symposium Steering aim is to provide a comprehensive list of Committee member. We were able to recommendations to the federal present an Award of Merit in the student governments. A summary of this workshop category to Valerie Thibeault and highlight will be in the final Planning for Extremes our research efforts on climate change. report. Thank you to Natural Resources Canada for supporting us in the amount of For personal reasons and the long-term up to $15,000 to participate in this bilateral health of the Chapter, I have chosen to step workshop. aside as President. It is a role that I have been honoured to fill for four years. With The Chapter is looking to take on another the hard work of the Executive and its project being entitled a National Workshop members I am pleased to leave the role Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 2 Soil and Water Conservation Society knowing that the Chapter has improved its Other activities undertaken in 2006 and finances. This has permitted the Chapter to representation of SWCS by our Canadian publish the 50th anniversary historical Policy Representative include: publication which will be available following the business meeting. The Chapter’s 1. Contributed to discussions of a national Award of Merit Endowment Fund has been water strategy for Canada, through increased and there are more operational Pollution Probe and Sierra Club-led funds. With this financial stability, 2007 efforts and at a Federal Policy Research looks like it will be an even busier year for Institute workshop in Gatineau. the new Executive. Best wishes to all! 2. Was appointed to Water Advisory Committee of the Walter and Duncan Canadian Policy Representative Gordon Foundation. James P. Bruce, Ph. D 3. Served as Review Editor for the Water Planning for Extremes Chapter, Intergovernmental Panel on With Dr. Trevor Dickinson and David Lean, Climate Change, Working Group 2. an initial report was completed on the changing rainfall regime with climate 4. Chaired management committee for change, in the Ontario part of the Great new Drought Research Initiative, a three Lakes basin and implications for erosion year project funded by Canadian and water quality. Higher intensity rains, Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric especially in spring, indicate need for Sciences. strengthen erosion prevention measures. Presentations on the findings were made at 5. Provided input and advice on revision of Conferences in Cornwall, Toronto (CWRA), US-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Ottawa (Engineering Institute of Canada) Agreement and on the Provincial-State and the A.D. Latornell Conference as well Great Lakes Annex Agreement on as at Ontario Chapter’s Annual Meeting in conserving water in the basin. Burlington, Ontario. Subsequently, a joint workshop was held in Canadian Regional Director Milwaukee November 1-3, 2006, with Joe Arbour, Ph. D experts studying similar issues in the US portion of the Great Lakes basin, to develop In 2006, Joe Arbour replaced Ray Tufgar as joint recommendations for action. A short the Canadian Regional Director. Joe lives set of recommended measures was agreed and works in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. As a and will appear in a final version of the Regional Manager at the Department of Ontario Planning for Extremes report early Fisheries and Oceans, Joe is responsible in 2007. for Oceans and Coastal Management within the Maritimes Region. This work was supported by a special grant from the Walter and Duncan Gordon Joe has been involved with the SWCS for Foundation, with Canadian involvement in many years and has a strong interest in the the Milwaukee workshop funded by Natural role of soil and water conservation in Resources Canada. The Ontario Chapter coastal zones and coastal watersheds. Joe provided a Management Committee to is pleased to be able to take on the position oversee the project, consisting of Marsha as the Canadian Region Director and looks Paley, Pamela Joosse and Peter Chisholm. forward to the rewarding experience of working with the Ontario Chapter Executive. Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 3 Soil and Water Conservation Society 2006 Annual General Meeting Jim Bruce was appointed to advisory board Laura Stephenson to Gordon Foundation for water projects. The Ontario Chapter, Annual General The Latornell Endowment confirmed they Meeting was held on February 24, 2006 at will match the $1,200 raised by the Chapter. the Burlington Art Gallery. Present at this The Executive’s 2006 fundraising goal was meeting were: Chapter President, Marsha identified as $5,000 by the end of the year. Paley; Past-President, Pamela Joosse; President-Elect, John Lackey; Treasurer, All in attendance were reminded to send in Peter Chisholm; Canadian Policy ballots for Board elections. It was Representative, James P. Bruce; recognized that the Canadian Regional Councillors: Nicole Carter, Christopher Director position was open and that it was Duke, and Tali Neta; and Members: Don hoped that the successful candidate would Lobb, Gordon Price, and Ann Robinson. facilitate better communication between Canadian Chapters. This may include Marsha Paley welcomed all in attendance sharing newsletters and other information and called the meeting to order. Following between Chapters. attendee introductions, Don Lobb thanked the Chapter for the successful nomination Pamela Joosse presented the slate of for the Latornell Conservation Pioneer officers for 2005 and nominations were Award. He was very honoured to receive opened from the floor. Marsha Paley was the award. nominated President; John Lackey, President-Elect; and Gordon Price, Vice- Marsha Paley reported that the Ontario President. Christopher Duke, Tali Neta, and Chapter had five new members, however Jennifer Havelock were nominated for the noting that our “stable” membership is now position of Councillor. Chris will replace Joe down from 100 to 75. The need to focus on Omielan as the Information and Education Conservation Authority crowd in order to Committee Chair. Other appointments attract new members was noted. included Peter Chisholm as Treasurer and Membership was recognized as a focus for Laura Stephenson as Newsletter Editor. the Chapter and also for Ankeny. The Secretary position remained vacant. Thanks went out to Pam Joosse for her The Executive then reviewed the 2005 work with Rochester and Ankeny on the Financial Report and 2006 budget. Program for the 2005 Parent Society Peter Chisholm identified that after three meeting. Thanks also to Len Johnson for years a transfer error from a money market his role as flag bearer during the funds has been resolved, following an ceremonies. independent audit by Robinson and Company that was presented to Royal The Planning for Extremes Project was Bank. Marsha noted that the Chapter had a identified as the major focus of the Ontario balanced budget for the first time in awhile. Chapter, having produced some interesting Items for consideration for the 2006 budget findings to-date. Marsha expressed included printing cost for the Chapter’s appreciation to Jim Bruce for his work on 50th Anniversary brochure and revamping of the Planning for Extremes project and for the Award of Merit brochure. moving the project forward. The results of this study will offer a number of Marsha Paley requested action items for recommendations that the Ontario Chapter 2006. Tali noted interest in giving can take forward. It was also reported that presentations to schools. Marsha then adjourned the meeting, thanking all in attendance. Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 4 Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference & Board Meeting A.D. Latornell Conservation Joe Arbour, Ph. D Symposium Update John Lackey The SWCS Annual Conference and the Board meetings was a great success and The 14th annual A.D. Latornell Conservation maintained the quality that SWCS is known Symposium will be held November 14, 15 for. The location was fantastic and the and 16th, 2007 at the Nottawasaga Inn, organization impeccable. Alliston, Ontario. This year’s theme is Your Watersheds – Our Great Lakes. Delegates Canadian Regional Director, Joe Arbour to this year’s event will be provided with attended the Regional Team Meeting, the opportunities to explore past actions and International Committee, as well as the discuss strategies to improve on the Canadian Regional Breakfast. Some of the conditions of the Great Lakes and St. highlights from the Regional Teams Lawrence basins. Discussions will be held Committee included discussion about how on traditional resource management to provide better support to the Chapter themes. Watershed activities will also leaders in terms of guidance material, as examine restoration and water quality well as discussion on the topic of attracting improvements, citizen actions with the hope new members. Professional development of developing new and improved natural was seen as a strong point within the resource management policies and Society and providing even more leadership programs. training was seen as important. In the International Committee, there was a lot of The Steering Committee is currently discussion about how SWCS can play a role working on the program and is looking for in the international arena by collaborating presentation ideas and sessions. This with other international soil and water approach has arisen through responses organizations. The Canadian Regional received from the end-of-conference Breakfast was excellent, with good questionnaire forms completed in 2006. attendance and a lively discussion on future Accordingly SWCS members are directions for the Canadian Region. One encouraged to put forth any ideas and area discussed was that of watershed thoughts as soon as possible to ensure management, which has already benefited inclusion in the 2007 Latornell program. from some follow-up and may be an opportunity for a Canadian regional Conference streams under the main initiative. program include: • Watershed Management The Society also recognized the • Great Lakes contributions of Jim Bruce and Marsha • Water Paley to the Ontario Chapter, by giving • Sustainability them both Presidents’ Leadership Awards. • Natural Heritage In addition, it was heart-warming to see • Parks and Conservation Areas Laurens Van Vliet from British Columbia • Fisheries and Conservation Areas receive recognition with an Outstanding • Information Technology Service Award. • Environmental Education and Communication Ideas can be submitted on the Symposium website at www.latornell.ca under the Program icon. Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 5 Soil and Water Conservation Society Awards Committee at Queen’s University, Jennifer studied Jim Oliver/Jennifer Havelock changes in water quality in several central Ontario lakes. During Jennifer’s The Awards Committee consists of Barb undergraduate education at the University Veale, Bob Chang, Jim Coffey, Tom Prout, of Western Ontario, she also studied Michael Bradstreet and Jim Oliver (until Zoology and Plant Sciences. August 2006). The A.D. Latornell Award of Merit program provides an annual Jennifer is interested in promoting the opportunity for the Chapter to assist principles of natural resource conservation students and practicing professionals with as a Councillor for the SWCS Ontario their studies or work, while at the same time Chapter and looks forward to the year providing a tribute to Art Latornell. The ahead as the Chair of the Awards award, in both student and non-student Committee. categories, offers $600, as well as financial assistance to attend the A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium. A one-year Fundraising Committee SWCS membership is also provided to Jim Oliver/Marsha Paley award winners who are not already members. The focus of the Fundraising Committee’s fundraising campaign in 2006 was to In 2006, the student category award was support the A.D. Latornell Award given to Valerie Thibeault, a first year Endowment and to raise funds to publish biopharmaceutical student at the University the 50th anniversary historical review of the of Ottawa. In her written submission that is Chapter. This campaign is an ongoing part of the application process, Val initiative of the chapter since 2004. highlighted some of the environmental issues facing the northern Ontario. In 2005, a total of $1,200 was generously Unfortunately there were no applicants in provided by Stantec Consulting, AMEC, and the non-student category. Pioneer Hi-Bred Ltd. As the first $5,000 raised through the campaign was to be In the fall of 2006, the SWCS Ontario matched by funds held by the University of Executive welcomed Jennifer Havelock. Guelph Latornell Endowment Fund, it was Jennifer graciously stepped in as Acting important that the Committee’s efforts reach Chair of the Awards Committee. In her role this amount by the end of 2006. The on the Exec, she represents Conservation Committee is pleased to announce that with Ontario. Conservation Ontario is the donations from individuals and the Planning umbrella organization that represents for Extremes Project Management Team, Ontario's 36 Conservation Authorities. we were able to meet this target. Thank Jennifer’s has been the Source Water you to all for your kind donations. Protection Technical Coordinator for Conservation Ontario for the past two years. In August, Jim Oliver, who has been a Through this position, Jennifer works with mainstay at the Long Point Region staff from all the conservation authorities to Conservation Authority and Chair of the carry out source water protection activities. Fundraising and Awards Committees retired after a distinguished career. It is with Before coming to Conservation Ontario, regrets that Jim is no longer actively Jennifer was actively involved in monitoring, involved with the chapter; however, we wish stewardship, and research initiatives as the Jim the very best in his retirement and the Water Resources Specialist for South new opportunities this time can provide him Nation Conservation in Eastern Ontario. In and his family. completing a Master of Science in Biology Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 6 Soil and Water Conservation Society Information and Education member to seek one new Chapter member. Committee Ask a fellow colleague, friend or business Chris Duke associate to join. Help keep our SWCS- Ontario Chapter strong for the future. The Committee has continued to maintain Please find enclosed a Membership the Chapter website. The URL is Application Form and Information Pamphlet. www.swcs-ontario.org. Please direct any We value your participation and assistance input on what you’d like to see on the in helping with Chapter’s very important website to our Committee. The Committee work. is working on a new webpage to offer members more interesting and up-to-date information. New committee members and Natural Heritage/Land and Forest volunteers for specific projects are always Committee welcome. Les Misch In 2006, the Committee continued to Membership Committee provide input on issues related to natural R. John Lackey, P. Eng., CPESC heritage issues which are relevant to the Chapter’s mandate. Members are The past year has been an exciting and encouraged to join the Committee or very busy time for the Ontario Chapter. We provide ideas for new projects. Please continue to face environmental challenges contact Les Misch for more information. head on! We rely on our conservation pioneers and their many years of experience but also welcome the Water Management Committee enthusiasm of our youthful new members. John Parish Their commitment to involvement in Chapter In 2006, the Committee continued to activities has been extremely positive and provide input on broad resource related will undoubtedly enable them to occupy issues affecting the mandate of the Chapter strong effective environmental and such as Source Water Protection. Should conservation leadership positions in the members wish to have the Committee future. respond to specific issues or have project ideas, please direct any requests to the We continue to be actively involved in Committee Chair or Chapter President. providing position statements and working New committee members and volunteers hard with many other agencies and are always welcome. government bodies to put forth sound and effective water and soil policies. The Executive has stressed the importance of “communicating” with our members and introduced our new Chapter website to keep all members informed of current activities and SWCS programs. We hope you have enjoyed the website and look forward to membership comments. However, success does not come without a challenge! Membership is critical if we are to continue with our conservation work and accordingly we challenge each SWCS Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 7 Soil and Water Conservation Society Source Water Protection – An Update Jennifer Havelock In October 2006, the Clean Water Act received Royal Assent. The Act ensures communities are able to protect their municipal drinking water supplies by preparing collaborative, locally driven, science-based protection plans. In addition, the Act will make certain that Ontario’s communities can identify potential risks to their drinking water supplies, and if necessary, take action to reduce or eliminate these risks. The Ministry of the Environment has prepared the Clean Water Act website: www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/water/cwa.htm that provides an overview of the legislation and regulations, as well as makes available the various news releases that have circulated publicizing developments related to the Act. Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario have been working on the technical aspects of the source water protection planning process. For each Conservation Authority in Ontario, a Source Water Protection Plan will be produced. Prior to the planning activities, each Conservation Authority will have a Technical Assessment Report prepared for their watershed. This report will include looking at threats to drinking water, identifying vulnerable areas, and determining how much water is available now and if there will be enough in the future. Over the past two years, the Conservation Authorities have been working on collecting existing information on their watershed’s natural features and systems, population distribution, land use, and current water quality conditions. This Watershed Characterization will be the first segment of the Assessment Report and the foundation on which the remaining sections of this report will be based. Conservation Authority staff have also been preparing watershed based water budgets to determine how much water is available at our drinking water supplies. This information when compiled will be incorporated into another segment of the Assessment Report. More information on source water protection or protecting source water on a watershed basis can be obtained from the Conservation Ontario website: www.conservation-ontario.on.ca. Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 8 Soil and Water Conservation Society Soil and Water Conservation Society - Ontario Financial Statement for Year Ending 31 December 2006 BANK BALANCE BEGINNING OF YEAR $36,864.09 REVENUE Bank Interest $1.17 Ankeny Membership Rebate $179.63 1st Installment, Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation $4,500.00 Receipts AGM Burlington $380.00 Receipts AGM Burlington $75.00 GRCA, SWCS Membership John Palmer $110.00 Ankeny Membership Rebate $297.47 Redeem Montreal Trust, plus interest $15,402.82 Redeem Long-term Investments $34,929.47 Interest Long-term Investments $1,240.01 Redeem Montreal Trust $1,200.00 Interest Montreal Trust $20.88 TOTAL REVENUE $58,336.45 EXPENSES Montreal Trust, Short Term Investments $15,000.00 Planning for Extremes Project Coordination $1,048.60 OEN Annual Membership (2005) $40.00 Planning for Extremes, Balance Chapters 3 and 5 $4,000.00 Interim Payment, Project Liaison and Chapter 1 $4,160.00 Shore Line Café, Catering AGM $908.92 Burlington Art Centre, Deposit AGM $50.00 Burlington Art Centre, Hall Rental and Parking $147.95 Planning for Extremes Project, Speaker’s Expenses, Chapter 4 $387.68 Planning for Extremes Project, Balance Chapter 4 $8,560.00 Planning for Extremes Project, Sunshine Design, Copy Edit Draft Text $620.60 Balance, Project Liaison and Chapter 1 $2,178.68 Montreal Trust, Invest Fundraising Revenue $1,200.00 Planning for Extremes Project, Ann Robinson Expenses, AGM Burlington $337.22 Planning for Extremes Project, C&S Printing, Interim Report $396.75 OEN Annual Membership 2006 $40.00 Planning for Extremes, Final Invoice, Copy Edit Draft Text $188.32 Expenses, M. Paley, AGM Colorado $1,133.20 Expenses, Travel to AGM Burlington, PFE Project $45.28 SWCS Membership John Palmer $110.00 Long-term Investments Concentra Financial $36,771.00 Planning for Extremes Project, Milwaukee Workshop Expenses (MP,JPB,WTD,HB,LVV,DL,KMcK,) $5,655.78 Halton Peel Woodlands Wildlife Stewardship $700.00 C. Duke/ DNS Technology Latornell scholarship (Valerie Thibeault) $600.00 TOTAL EXPENSES $84,418.95 Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 9 Soil and Water Conservation Society EXCESS REVENUE OVER EXPENSES ($26,082.50) BANK BALANCE BEGINNING OF YEAR $36,864.09 BANK BALANCE TO DATE $10,781.59 NOTES: 1. First Installment Oak Ridges Foundation, $4,500.00 Disbursements to Halton Peel Woodlands and Wildlife Stewardship $700.00 SWCS, Ontario Management Fee $200.00 Account Payable, Oak Ridges Foundation $3,600.00 Net BANK BALANCE TO DATE $7,181.59 2. Planning for Extremes Project ($6,348.05) Includes travel expenses for the Milwaukee Workshop. SWCS, Ontario now has a signed agreement with NRCan for funding up to $15,000 for the workshop and remainder of the Project. This is a temporary deficit. Projected BANK BALANCE ($7,181.59 + $6,348.05) $13,529.64 Ontario Chapter 2006 Annual Report Page 10