|Start Date:||July 2008|
|Funding:||Province of Ontario, Environment Canada, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship, NT Temps, Municipal and Private Sectors|
|Partners:||Adjala-Tosorontio Project Team, Alliston Lions Club, Banting Memorial High School, Baxter Corporation, CONTACT South Simcoe, Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network, Essa Healthy Communities Committee, F&P Mfg., Honda of Canada Mfg.,Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, New Tecumseth Streams Committee, Nottawasaga Steelheaders, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Nottawasaga Futures, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Town of Innisfil, Town of New Tecumseth, Township of Adjala Tosorontio|
|Goals:||To invest in streams together for community and waterway health To support and initiate community projects for healthier streams in South Simcoe combining multi-partner resources and community volunteer efforts for improved habitat, cleaner water and communal well being To engage volunteers of all ages and walks of life from schools, youth and service clubs to business and industry to participate in stream rehabilitation To build cooperative partnerships to help generate the tools, know-how and funds needed to restore degraded stream systems To advance community awareness and appreciation of stream and river resources,ecological threats and benefits to local communities|
The South Simcoe Streams Network (SSSN) is in its eighth year of operation. The program typically involves over 900 volunteers and 60 partner organizations annually and on average engages in some 25 public events on 15 project sites per year. Over 41,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted along our local waterways and hundreds of metres of floodplain and bank stabilization works completed. Volunteer activities include the installation of recycled Christmas trees for bank stabilization, strategic invasive species control cuts, and native tree plantings. The SSSN continues to draw strong multi-sector and community support. This spring 19 community "Trees for Streams" events were held resulting in 6,300 trees planted and mulched with the help of 47 planting partners and 692 volunteers of all ages (230 were high school students). Community participation is encouraged through volunteer event bulletins & calendars, partner web pages and local media.
In addition to hands-on involvement, the South Simcoe Streams Network promotes education and appreciation of our water resources by participating in various events, public tours, and providing interactive display information. Consultation and investigation for new project opportunities to improve and enhance water quality are ongoing.Project costs are a fraction of project value because of leveraged donations of materials,volunteers and partner support.