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Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area

Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area

On Friday August 24, our Board of Directors unanimously voted to recognize Jim Tovey’s central role in making CVC’s newest conservation area a reality. The 26-hectare waterfront conservation area being created in Mississauga’s Lakeview community, currently known as the Lakeview Waterfront Connection, will be named Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.

Councillor Tovey’s unique connection with the Region of Peel, CVC and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority served to bring the organizations together to realize his vision for a thriving and environmentally sustainable waterfront.

CVC Chair and Mississauga Ward 7 Councillor Nando Iannicca (left) and Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor David Cook hold up the resolution that dedicates the new conservation area being created along the Mississauga waterfront, in honour of late Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey. Photo credit: Claudio Cugliari/Mississauga News.

The conservation area’s final name was determined through consultation with the Tovey family, project partners and members of the project’s Community Liaison Committee. It reflects his strong commitment to environmental conservation, the waterfront and the Lakeview community. We are so proud to be able to do this in Jim’s honour.

Jim Tovey recognized the opportunity to reuse clean fill that was being generated by Region of Peel capital works projects as a resource to create new natural environments and improve the local community. This responsible reuse of material is central to the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project.

Lee Tovey wife to late city councillor Jim Tovey speaks at the Credit Valley Conservation board meeting after board members vote unanimously to name the new conservation area being created along the Mississauga waterfront, in honour of late city councillor Jim Tovey. Photo credit: Claudio Cugliari/Mississauga News.

Lee Tovey, wife of late Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey speaks at the Credit Valley Conservation Board meeting after Board members vote unanimously to name the new conservation area being created along the Mississauga waterfront, in honour of Jim Tovey. Photo credit: Claudio Cugliari/Mississauga News.

The new conservation area will transform a currently degraded and inaccessible section of the shore into a beautiful, naturalized conservation area, expected to become a hub for waterfront recreation, a hotspot for wildlife migration and a green oasis in the heart of the city.

It will boast 1.5 km of Waterfront Trail plus 12 hectares of meadow, five hectares of forest, eight hectares of wetland and one hectare of cobble beach. Together, these connected habitats make up a complete coastal ecosystem, approximating the waterfront ecosystem that was lost over years of urban development. This ecosystem will support a wide variety of local fish and wildlife, as well as migrating birds.

Since construction and restoration began in fall of 2016, the project partners have created 6.63 hectares (66,300 square metres) of new conservation land in an area of the waterfront that saw years of environmental degradation from near-shore stone mining and utility use. This represents roughly 25 per cent of the total land base for the new conservation area.

The western portion of the new Serson Creek wetland has been restored. It will provide valuable fish habitat and wildlife viewing opportunities for visitors. The wetland is already attracting large flocks of Sandpiper and Killdeer, which have been onsite for the past few weeks. The project partners planted almost 1,000 native trees and shrubs last fall around the wetland pocket and more than 20,000 native wetland plants in June and July. They are currently creating a new river channel to connect Serson Creek to Lake Ontario. This will allow fish to access the creek for the first time in decades. Serson Creek is currently buried in a pipe underground.

To date the partners have reused more than 379,900 cubic metres of clean fill, the majority of which came from Region of Peel capital works projects to create this habitat. This keeps thousands of trucks from driving long distances to northern municipalities that accept fill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The public can see the new conservation area take shape from the west beach of Marie Curtis Park in Toronto. More information about the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project is available at lakeviewwaterfrontconnection.ca.

4 Comment
  • ELIZABETH ROXBOROUGH says:

    A well deserved tribute

  • Rosemary Keenan says:

    This is wonderful recognition of Councillor Jim Tovey’s environmental leadership in Mississauga. I love the way Councillor Tovey rallied the support of many stakeholders and collaborated with local partners, CVC, TRCA, and Region of Peel (as well as Mississauga, Toronto and all levels of government) for this project. I look forward to visiting Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area and sharing this story with others.
    Rosemary Keenan,
    Sierra Club Ontario, Peel Group

  • Carol Dyck says:

    How wonderful that this area is being developed into a natural conservation area rather than being taken over by towering condominiums or other development. And even better that it’s being named Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area. This is really a “Good News” story …. which is very rare these days.

  • Jan Christie says:

    Yes a remarkable feat accomplished by Councillor Jim Tovey. Thank you for recognizing his amazing contribution to our lives in Mississauga.

    Regards

    Jan

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