FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        November 20, 2003

 Super Well to be Added to Provincial Network

A new groundwater monitoring well being drilled on the Oak Ridges Moraine north of Centreton may reach a depth of 150 - 200 metres (500 - 650 feet). The ‘super’ well will be cored to the bedrock to not only gather valuable data with respect to groundwater resources within the Moraine, but provide information about the geological and geophysical (subsurface) structure.

 

“There is a lot of interest in this borehole because there are so few wells that have been drilled to the bedrock in the east part of the moraine,” says Steve Holysh, hydro-geologist for the Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition (CAMC). “This well will be a key anchor point for future geological studies in the area,” adds Holysh.

 

The well will become part of the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network, initiated by the Ministry of the Environment in cooperation with Conservation Authorities to monitor groundwater quantity and quality. Lower Trent Conservation will now have eleven monitoring wells within their local network.

 

It will take two to three weeks to drill the well. A geologist is on site throughout the drilling period to take core samples of the sediment every five feet. Measurements are taken of the sediment layers and then they are packaged for shipment to the Geological Survey of Canada’s archive library.

 

Extending over 160 kilometres from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to near the Trent River in the east, this immense ridge of land is often referred to as southern Ontario’s rain barrel. Over 65 watercourses flow from the moraine either north to Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe or Rice Lake, east to the Trent River or south to Lake Ontario. Virtually every stream west of the Trent River within Northumberland County has a source connection to the Moraine including Shelter Valley, Salt, Cold and Mill Creeks.

 

Total cost for the project is approximately $50,000. Project partners include the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Northern Affairs and Development (Ontario Geological Survey), and the Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition. The well is situated on Huckleberry Lane, just north of Centreton on Northumberland County Forest property.

 

CAMC was established in December 2000 by the nine Conservation Authorities with jurisdiction on the Oak Ridges Moraine to advocate for and protect the Oak Ridges Moraine along its entire length. The Coalition was formed in response to the need for a comprehensive policy, planning and management approach geared to sustaining the water and natural heritage resources of the entire Moraine.

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Marilyn D. Bucholtz, Marketing & Communications    Jim Kelleher, General Manager

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