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Monitoring the Moraine (MTM) Project Publications

Image: status report2012 Status Report: Compliance, Infrastructure, and Community Concerns on the Oak Ridges Moraine
The latest status report provides an update on municipal progress with implementing ORMCP policies, maps infrastructure environmental assessments, and draws attention to citizen concerns about land-use activities that are taking place across the Oak Ridges Moraine.


Action Guide to Monitoring on the Moraine
Image: Guide CoverThe Action Guide to Monitoring on the Moraine was created to help you develop a Strategic Monitoring Plan. It will help groups get started in the most effective way possible. It will also help groups that are already monitoring to improve their effectiveness, make their activities more strategic and increase their impact.

This guide will also help you get your information to the right people and start a dialogue in your community. It’s about making the most of the information you’ve collected as a group and influencing positive change in your community.
Action Guide to Monitoring on the Moraine [4.32 MB PDF]


Citizens' Guide to the Oak Ridges Moraine
Cover: Citizen's GuideThis guide to provide a starting point for people to more fully engage with the Oak Ridges Moraine. This resource covers the basic ins and outs: the Moraine’s geology, land, water, plants, animals, people, policies and stewardship activities. It provides background information about why the Moraine needs to be protected and the efforts to achieve long-term ecological and hydrological integrity.
Citizens' Guide to the Moraine [10.7 MB PDF]



Moraine Watch Manual for Beginners

Moraine Watch for Beginners - an easy way for volunteers to track activities like commercial fill, tree cutting, and new development on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Click here for the Beginner's Guide [3.35 MB PDF]
Click here for the Moraine Watch Beginner's Worksheet [887 KB PDF]



Moraine Watch Manual

MTM is pleased to announce that our policy monitoring manual is now available online!

The Moraine Watch Manual is a how-to guide for community members to monitor land use planning activity and the performance of their municipal government on moraine-related planning. The manual includes the Moraine Watch Checklist – a step-by-step worksheet for evaluating planning applications, as well as detailed background information on land-use planning and legislation relevant to the moraine.

Click here to download the entire manual [1.81 MB PDF]
Click here to download the checklist [96 KB PDF]
Click here for the Beginner's Guide [3.35 MB PDF]

2007 Status Report on the Implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP): A Look at New Infrastructure Projects

The 2007 Status Report is now available in both hard copy and on line.

Prepared for MTM by Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition, this report focuses on new infrastructure projects on the moraine. The approach was to conduct an inventory of new infrastructure projects (roads, water, sewage and utilities) that have triggered environmental assessments (EAs) per section 41 of the ORMCP. Such projects were focused on due to their potential cumulative effect on the quality and quantity of the moraine's ground and surface water, as well as the associated incremental loss of the moraine's natural heritage system.

This report will provide updates on information from the 2006 Status Report (such as municipal conformity, wellhead protection policies, watershed planning, etc.) as well as a ecological monitoring update from Citizens' Environment Watch.


Status Report on the Implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan:
Implications for the Greenbelt Plan

Printer-friendly version (Landscaped)
[3.8 MB PDF]
Web-viewing version (Lower resolution)
[537 KB PDF]


Trees of the Oak Ridges Moraine
This guide was created as a resource to help identify trees of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Trees of the Oak Ridges Moraine [3.27 MB PDF]

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Outreach Program


  • Contact us if you would like us to give a presentation to your class. Available themes are flexible and have ranged from how the Oak Ridges Moraine was formed, water issues, and urban sprawl, to the importance of civic engagment.

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ORM Community Activism

Simcoe County Targeted For New Growth
Province Pushing Leapfrog Development

The Ministry of Infrastructure has prepared an amendment to its Places to Grow Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe that will see major new residential, industrial and commercial development in Simcoe County north of Ontario’s Greenbelt.

We have until January 26th, 2011 to provide comments to the Ministry. Click here to download a primer [918 kb PDF] that lays out the basic context and issues. Details about submitting comments are also included.

Oak Ridges Moraine Template Letter
Express your concern about the need to protect the moraine's water sources.
Click here for the template.

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Moraine Train Commemorative Programme

Programme thumbnailOn November 1, 2009, STORM and the MTM partners celebrated 20 years of community activism on the Oak Ridges Moraine with a leisurely train trip through the Oak Ridges Moraine on the York Durham Heritage Railway's heritage train. The day included a boxed lunch, Moraine in Focus photo gallery shows and special guests to highlight past, present and future community efforts to save the Oak Ridges Moraine…from 1989 to 2015.

Click here to view the commemorative programme [449 kb pdf].

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STORM Newsletters

Most Recent

STORM (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine) Coalition Newsletter- Autumn 2006 Seasonal Storms- Autumn 2006 [450 KB]
Seeking New Home: STORM is Growing!
See bottom of newsletter for details.


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Few people know it by name, but millions of Ontarians enjoy the quiet oasis of green this natural feature provides. Extending over 200 kilometres, from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to almost the Trent River in the east, this immense ridge of land was created during the last great ice age. Members of the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition celebrate the special nature of the moraine in this extraordinary collection of essays and photographs.

Available at Firefly Books and Chapters
Read Toronto Star article about book

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Moraine Writings

  • Oak Ridges Moraine: Geological Survey of Canada [external website]
  • On the origin of the Oak Ridges Moraine [pdf]
  • Achieving ecological integrity on the Oak Ridges Moraine: Towards ecologically relevant water management [pdf] [Cache]
  • A View of the Greater Toronto Area: A 'Countryside' Plan for Our Future [pdf]
  • Case Study: The Oak Ridges Moraine - Linking Science And Policy For Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution In The Great Lakes Region [ORM-specific] [Entire pdf] [Cache]
  • Superb or Suburb? International case studies in management of icon landscapes- Oak Ridges Moraine. New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment [pdf]
  • A Citizen’s Guide: Leslie Street Road Improvement Project [pdf]

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