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Blue Mountain Watershed Trust

About Us 

We make a difference.

We have helped halt or substantially alter over a dozen planned developments. We have influenced the way that ski resorts manage their slopes to safeguard cold water fish creek habitat. We have controlled phragmites in sensitive areas. We have held all three levels of government to account on issues from pesticides legislation and testing to land use planning. We have entered into dialogue with area golf courses about pesticide management. We have brought wetlands conservation into the consciousness of thousands of minds, young and old.

About the Watershed Trust

The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation (the Watershed Trust), Ontario’s first watershed trust, was formed in 1994 to protect natural areas in Collingwood and the Blue Mountains from development pressures of many kinds. Since then, we have been instrumental in preserving and protecting our remaining wild places.

The Watershed Trust is an all-volunteer independent grass-roots organization supported by donations and fundraising. We have no paid employees and do not receive funding from any level of government. The Watershed Trust was incorporated in Collingwood, Ontario 1995 and is a Registered Charity. We currently have over 170 members.

Our area of interest is composed of independent watersheds, collectively ‘the Blue Mountain Watershed’ that originate in the Niagara Escarpment, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserve. The watersheds drain directly into Georgian Bay and include Silver Creek, Black Ash Creek, Townline Creek, Pretty River, Batteaux River, Indian Brook, various fringe creeks, and the Beaver River.

Our area of interest totals approximately 50,000 hectares. It encompasses the municipalities of Collingwood and Town of Blue Mountains. It is bounded by Thorbury to the west, Nottawa to the east, Georgian Bay to the north and extends up onto the highlands of the Niagara Escarpment to the south.