Reclaiming Toronto's Don River

Year Published:  1989
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX3586

Discussions are underway about ways of reclaiming Toronto's Don River, a badly polluted river flowing through the expressway-scarred Don Valley -- the valley that once inspired the early works of naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton. Citizen meetings have been looking at proposals for developing a plan to bring the river back to something approaching its earlier healthy state. Among the visions which have been developed are: making the river accessible again (at present it is cut off by an expressway, a road, two rail corridors, and fences); natural regeneration, restoration, rehabilitation, and reforestation, so that fish and wildlife will find it a friendlier environment; an end to the discharge of pollutants into the river; making Torontonians more aware of the river and its past and potential importance to the city. For more information, contact Jack Layton, Councillor, 2nd floor, City Hall, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2.

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