By Nicole Czorny
With its headwaters in The Oak Ridges Moraine, the Don River winds its way through the heavily populated and urban terrain of Toronto. Eventually flowing into Lake Ontario, the source of Toronto’s drinking water, the health of Lake Ontario and the Don watershed is directly linked to the health and bio-diversity of the city.
Here are a few easy and eco-friendly things you can do to improve the health of Lake Ontario and the Don watershed.
- In Toronto, disconnecting your downsput is the law! It prevents excess water from flowing into the sewer, and if you install a rain barrel, you will have an endless supply of chlorine free water!
- Plant a rain water garden and help control stormwater run-off on your property. A well placed rain garden full of native wildflowers is also a great way to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your garden
- Commit to a toxic and chemical-free home and yard
- Everything that enters Toronto sewers and drains will eventually find its way into the Don River and Toronto’s watershed. Instead of being poured down the drain or sewer, household waste, including cooking grease, must be properly disposed of at City of Toronto Drop-off Depots
Formed roughly 12,000 years ago, the future of the Don River is up to us. Read more about the Don Watershed and learn more about what you can do to keep it clean today!