Toronto Natural Shorelines
Toronto Natural Shorelines is advocating for the preservation and protection of natural shorelines in Toronto. We have come together over our shared concerns about shoreline hardening, a practice that obliterates natural shores along our water's edge through heavy construction of revetments and armour rocks.
We are concerned over the rapidly diminishing shorelines in the Toronto region. Over the years, the majority of Toronto's shorelines have been developed and what precious few natural shorelines remain are a treasure for current and future generations to come. We would like to see them recognized for their rarity, their natural beauty, and their importance in keeping our lake's ecosystems environmentally sound.
Currently, plans are proposed to pave and harden nearly 2 km of waterfront along one of Toronto's last remaining natural shorelines. Traditionally shoreline work to this degree is done for the purpose of erosion control and property protection. In this case, these reasons do not apply. These shores and beaches are adjacent to natural habitats. A project to this degree is not ecologically sound nor environmentally responsible.
The benefits of preserving the natural shoreline of our lake are many. In addition to allowing for the opportunity to access the water's edge for human enjoyment and recreation, these natural shores are dynamic coastal communities that encourage animal, fish and bird habitat and migration.
The residences of Toronto and surrounding communities depend on Lake Ontario for drinking water. We have a right to see this precious natural resource protected.
We are all stewards of this area. If you love being by the water's edge and if you appreciate the beauty of the natural environment, please join the efforts of this group. We invite you to sign the petition, write a letter or spread the awareness for a sustainable future.
A healthy shoreline is a healthy lake!