The Healthy Water Award is presented to individuals and groups who have completed a project that improves, supports or protects the water quality in the Lake Simcoe watershed. Projects could include stormwater management, water conservation, streambank and shoreline restoration or stabilization, low impact development techniques and source water protection.
The Healthy Water award was presented to the following recipients in 2023:
City of Barrie, (Watershed Wide)
The City of Barrie's Stormwater Operations Team, led by Jacob Reid, Chair of the Low Impact Development Municipal Inspection and Maintenance Working Group, has been training municipal staff on inspecting and maintaining stormwater management (SWM) ponds in the Lake Simcoe watershed beginning in 2019. They organized a field training workshop that was led by experts to improve staff knowledge and skills in stormwater management, including Low-Impact Development (LID) features to enhance the longevity of these features, reduce costs, and benefit the environment.
Mike Lanigan (Township of Uxbridge)
Mike Lanigan is a watershed farmer who, in 2022, planted nearly 200 trees of 14 different native species to improve the ecological balance and biodiversity of his property. He also installed a clean water diversion system to protect surface water quality by eliminating potential sources of contamination and preventing phosphorus inputs and other pollutants from reaching nearby streams and wetlands.
Town of Innisfil (Town of Innisfil)
In 2020, the Town of Innisfil upgraded the stormwater system along Park Road, redirecting water flows to Innisfail Beach Park. They incorporated natural heritage features into the design, and added five wetlands, planted native trees and shrubs, and seeded with native wetland and riparian plant species. This project was completed in the autumn of 2022 and will improve not only habitat and water quality, but also connectivity for local species.
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (Watershed Wide)
The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury hosted stormwater management inspection and maintenance training since 2019. They focused on Storm Water Management ponds near Fraser Creek, with Frank Jonkman as a key figure in the Low Impact Development (LID) Municipal Inspection and Maintenance Working Group since 2022, organizing and facilitating working group sessions.