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Reach by Reach:
Regenerating Taylor Massey Creek and
Completing the Taylor Massey Trail

Featuring Five Five Five, our recommendation to:
• Regenerate five priority areas;
• Over a five year period;
• At an estimated cost of $5,000,000.00

Over the course of 2007, 2008, and 2009, the TMP began developing a community-based vision for the regeneration of Taylor Massey Creek.

We embarked upon this effort to inform the development of the Don River Watershed Plan (the new Don Plan), being drafted by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) - with significant inner-circle input from its municipal partners.

Key facts about the new Don Plan are:

  • Work began on the new Plan about 2007;
  • The budget for the Plan was about $1,000,000.00
  • A preliminary public meeting on the development of the new Don Plan was held in June, 2008;
  • Following that meeting, the TMP made a power-point presentation to the Board of the TRCA on July 25, 2008, suggesting that concept site approach needed to be balanced with a commitment to develop a reach-by-reach regeneration plan for the Don, using Taylor Massey Creek as a model (See the power point of July 25, 2008);
  • The Board of the TRCA responded with a motion that the Authority seek “reach-by-reach funding from senior levels of government to support watershed plan implementation”;
  • Pending the release of the new Don Plan, the TMP issued a first draft of this document on November, 2008;
  • A draft of the new Don River Watershed Plan was released in March, 2009. The draft was posted to,and discussed at two public meetings in April 2009;
  • Our comments on the TRCA’s draft Plan were submitted on May 13, 2009 (See our comments); and,
  • Following discussions amongst our members, supporters, and the Board, we released the final version of Reach by Reach on May 31, 2009.

Reach by Reach urges the City of Toronto, with support from the federal and provincial governments and the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority as required, to:

• To take the lead, with support from the federal and provincial governments and the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority as required, in the regeneration of Taylor Massey Creek by implementing the Wet Weather Flow Master Plan in an appropriate watershed management framework that includes targets with measurable outcomes, engages the community, and that restores the creek to natural conditions, including the allocation of approximately $5M over five years to implement the top five regeneration priorities in this document; and

• Complete the Storm Outfall Monitoring Program while transitioning it to become a comprehensive surface water quality monitoring program, with spills and aquatic test results from all levels of government posted to the internet for public access.

Click to see a PDF of Reach by Reach.

Click here to see a PDF Powerpoint on Reach by Reach.