February 13, 2006

Ontario adds more land to protected area of Rouge River watershed

TORONTO, ONT-An amendment to Ontario's Greenbelt Transition regulation (O Reg. 61/05) will protect an additional 19,924 acres of the Rouge River watershed. This includes 425 acres of Rouge River tributaries in Richmond Hill. "We have decided to extend Greenbelt protection to additional parts of major river tributaries in the Rouge River Watershed because it is one of the critical headwater areas in Southern Ontario," said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen. The provincial government's Greenbelt initiative will preserve 1.8 million acres of greenspace. Other measures to protect the Rouge River have included donating more than 3,500 acres of land to make the Rouge Park the largest natural urban park in North America, and creating the Bob Hunter Memorial Park, which will establish a new natural park on 500 acres of environmentally-sensitive land adjacent to the Rouge Park.

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