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The Don River Watershed Community Participation


Don Watershed Regeneration Council

The Don Watershed Regeneration Council (DWRC) was established by TRCA in 1995 with a mandate to implement Forty Steps to a New Don and act as a link among governments, interested citizens, and members of the general public. The Council consists of representatives from TRCA, regional and local municipalities, City of Toronto community councils, watershed residents, community groups, senior government agencies, watershed businesses, and academic institutions. This broad membership connects the Council to many other watershed partners, helping to disseminate information and encourage action by governments, businesses, and communities. The Council also publishes reports cards and progress reports  to help evaluate successes and highlight priorities for further work.


  • Achieve the Living City vision of Healthy Rivers and Shorelines, Regional Biodiversity, Sustainable Communities, and Business Excellence, within the Don watershed.
  • Implement priority recommendations of the Don River Watershed Plan, as identified in the Implementation Guide.
  • Implement the recommendations of the Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan contained in Clean Waters, Clear Choices: Recommendations for Action (1994) and strategic directions contained in subsequent reports as they pertain to the Don watershed.
  • Implement strategic plans such as the Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan (Toronto) and the Region of York's sustainability initiatives.
  • Implement source water protection initiatives.
  • Meet the challenges of climate change through mitigation and adaptation initiatives.
  • Secure political support at all levels of government and foster corporate partnerships to advance TRCA's vision for The Living City.