The Niagara Escarpment Foundation has participated in numerous research projects on issues related to both the environmental science and the public policy of the Escarpment. Foundation directors will be at this year's Leading Edge conference to follow the latest developments and look for new opportunites for research projects.

In 2008, we released a strategy to modernize the water science and water policies of the Niagara Escarpment Plan (in conjunction with the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment and with support from the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation). Flowing Off the Edge was presented to and enthusiastically received by the Niagara Escarpment Commission who have since stated that they will be pursuing many of the recommendations over the longer term in advance of the 2015 review of the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

Also in 2008, we were responsible for funding from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to conduct two very significant projects with multiple partner organizations: the digitization of 30 years of development permit applications and decisions that will allow for the analysis of development trends and will help to track and address enforcement and compliance; and the completion of SOLRIS, the Southern Ontario Land Resource Information System, a land cover mapping tool that was previously unavailable for Bruce and Grey Counties.

Prior to this, the Niagara Escarpment Foundation has been responsible for several other significant research initiatives, producing papers between 2001 and 2004 on:

  • the effectiveness of the Niagara Escarpment Plan with respect to proposals for the expansion of urban areas and minor urban centres;
  • land values within and adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment Plan area;
  • the effectiveness of the Niagara Escarpment Plan in maintaining and enhancing natural corridors and linkages; and
  • the effectiveness of the Niagara Escarpment Plan in protecting Georgian Bay shoreline in the municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula.