About the Archive
We make no claim of ownership of any of
the environmental information contained on this site, but rather act
as custodians of this irreplaceable environmental history. We
sincerely hope that this information is a valuable aid in developing
future environmental policies and programs.
Over the 11-year period from 1986 until 1997, there was a series of Federal-Provincial initiatives
which delivered excellent environmental programs, focussing on improving the sustainability of production
agriculture in the Province of Ontario, while reducing pollution in the Great Lakes Basin. The overall
funding for these programs approached $100 million.
The origins of this archive web site date back to 1995 when Bruce Bowman
developed the Canada-Ontario Agriculture Green Plan web site, as part
of the communications strategy for that Program.
Following the completion of the Green Plan Program in April 1997, archiving activities continued,
adding earlier environmental programs, including the SWEEP (101
reports) and Land Stewardship Programs. Since digital versions
of reports were unavailable, or incomplete in most instances, hard copies of the reports were scanned, and
converted into WordPerfect documents using OCR (optical character recognition) software, which were then
re-formatted and compressed into the universally-accessible PDF format for online viewing.
During succeeding years, additional environmental programs were added to the archive, including
The Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative and the Ontario portion of
the National Soil Conservation Program
(including the Soil Quality Evaluation Program, SQEP) reports.
PLUARG (1972-1979) was a very significant predecessor of the 1986-1997
group of environmental programs. The funding for the Canadian port
of the PLUARG program approached $20 million (in 1972 $$), which was
a joint Canada-U.S.A. environmental program of the International Joint Commission
on the Great Lakes (IJC).
In mid 2006, Bruce started scanning and converting many valuable reports from the
PLUARG program, and since retiring in August 2006, efforts have continued
to locate and scan additional Canadian- based PLUARG reports,
now numbering more than 85.
More recently, Bruce has been archiving environmental programs, with their respective reports, associated with
Conservation Ontario and their network of
Authorities, including the Clean Up Rural Beaches (CURB) (1991-1996)
(78 reports), and other projects, including the Stratford-Avon River
Environmental Management Project (SAREMP, 1980-1984) (> 25 reports) and the
Thames River Implementation Committee (TRIC, 1976-1982) (about a dozen related reports). Included in these
latest additions are reports from the early 1950's, as well as basin-wide
reports from the mid 1970's.
Since the Ontario Ministry of Environment has funded so many reports over the past 40 years that were not directly
linked to archived programs on this site, we have started a separate O.M.E.-
funded Report List, which now exceeds 360 reports. We have created a sub-set of that O.M.E. report list which
focusses on Biological Surveys/Investigations and now includes
In Jan., 2013 we developed a new section on the Lake Simcoe watershed,
and have now archived more than 40 reports. A new $29 million program was recently announced by the government for
improving the water quality in the Lake Simcoe basin.
In May 2013, the AAFC Agri-Environmental Indicator Project (1993-1998) was added,
including 27 reports. This project ran concurrently with the Canada-Ontario Agriculture Green Plan, but was funded
from a different source. In total, amost 150 reports and
documents from Federal sources are included in the
Miscellaneous List, including
almost 2 dozen published before 140..
In August, 2014, we created a new list of 500+ reports, sorted by
Conservation Authority / Watershed Region, which provides a quick means to
associated with a particular Authority. Links to respective C.A. sites are also provided.
In Dec., 2017, we added a new Section, " Land Use Planning &
Sustainable Development", which already has 12 reports.
On this archive web site we endeavour to provide an accurate overview of historical agri-environmental programs
in Ontario during the 1960's - 2000 period, and continue to archive digital versions of these valuable reports,
which now surpasses 1033 !
We welcome contributions to the archive,
either in hard copy (copy of original), or in image-based PDF format, which we can process.
Bruce T. Bowman, Archivist & Web Master
Monday, December 11, 2017 05:39:57 PM