ON Nature Spring 2004





ON_Nature_Spring_2004DEPARTMENTS
5 | This Issue DECISION TIME
We need to stop the ongoing degradation of our fresh water By Victoria Foote

7 | Letter from the President WELCOME TO ONTARIO NATURE
By Dawna Monk Vanwyck

8 | Earthwatch
Join the spring owl survey; protest the Red Hill Creek Expressway; stop the quarry in rare bird habitat; protect the escarpment from development

15 | Profile THE RIVERKEEPER
Lara Van Loon and the Ottawa Waterkeepers chase down the river’s worst offenders By Lisa Keller

30 | Being There WELCOME TO THE SWAMP
Look out for wigeons, gadwalls, green herons, dragon’s mouth orchids and more By Wayne Grady

34 | Urban Nature WHERE DOES THE RAIN GO?
Down the sewers and into the lake; then back again and out your tap. Ever wonder what’s been picked up along the way? By Sharon Oosthoek

36 | In the Mail
Environmentalists use forest products too

38 | Field Trip ORCHIDS IN ONTARIO By Marilyn Anions

44 | Inside Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature supporter receives Order of Canada; protecting your privacy; Julyan Mulock’s most generous gift

46 | Last Word SPARING THE ROD
Industrial water pollution laws are in place, but no one is enforcing them By Elaine MacDonald

 

FEATURES
18 | THE WATER ISSUE
We’ve heard the talk; now it’s time for the province to move on the “water front” By Gregor G. Beck

20 | PADDLE TO THE SEA
Gary and Joanie McGuffin spent four months paddling across the Great Lakes Heritage Coast where they saw vistas of breathtaking beauty next to sights and sounds of industrial activity. Who, one must ask, is protecting our water? By Joanie McGuffin

26 | SYDENHAM RIVER REVIVAL
Polluted, degraded and left for dead, the Sydenham River is currently undergoing a multi-step recovery program. But is the rescue mission too late? By Matthew Barron

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