Caledon is a beautiful area of rolling hills, forests, farmland, rivers and lakes. Located in the heart of Ontario’s Greenbelt and the Greenlands System in Peel Region, it is a destination for visitors looking for time in nature and pristine green spaces. The Forks of the Credit is an environmentally sensitive area, close to the Credit River and the Niagara Escarpment, a designated World Biosphere Reserve.
We need your help to ensure this area is not jeopardized by a Brazilian conglomerate’s proposed quarry. The company is planning to blast and excavate a hole over 80 feet deep and below the water table, situated on 800 acres of forest and farmland. If approved, the project will use explosives to blast into the aquifer below the water table and pump the rising water into the Credit River. Because blasting and excavation will occur below the water table, continuous pumping of millions of litres of water from the pit floor will be necessary.
This area of the Credit River is one of the optimal habitats for Brook trout (a Species at Risk) in all of southern Ontario. Originally known as the Missinnihe River, it has long been and continues to be a culturally and environmentally significant river. The river and the communities that border it will be impacted the entire 150 km all the way to Lake Ontario.
Our goal is to preserve the ecological integrity of Caledon by protecting our water, land, and air. To assist us with our engagement with Town of Caledon and Peel Region councillors and town planners, Province of Ontario politicians and Ministry officials, we will need to hire experts in environmental law, hydrogeology, and planning.
All of these efforts require considerable funding and volunteer resources.
We can’t do this alone.
PLEASE DONATE NOW.