What kind of water future do you want, asks Margaret Prophet in a Letter to the Editor, 2016 Winter issue, Lake Simcoe Living. Explore the answer at a public meeting Saturday, Jan. 30.
The meeting to discuss Simcoe County's water future, “Bluebelt, Greenbelt: Simcoe’s Watershed Moment,” will be 9:30-11:30 am at Liberty North, 100 Caplan Ave., Barrie.
Prophet, who is co-chair of the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition, says: "Many of us have heard of Ontario’s Greenbelt — 1.8-million acres of protected countryside that was designed to curb sprawl and preserve farmland.
"What most people don’t realize is that another major objective of the Greenbelt is to protect key water sources that directly supply drinking water, purify our water and control flooding in many areas. The land use policies within the Greenbelt Act have shown to be some the most effective across the province regarding protecting vulnerable water resources.
"In Simcoe County, despite having met the criteria to be included in the Greenbelt 10 years ago, our water and farmland were left out of the final version of the Greenbelt. As a result, leapfrog development over the Greenbelt sprung into Simcoe County, bringing with it GTA-style growth, threatening some of Simcoe’s most treasured water resources including the Minesing Wetlands, Lake Simcoe, Oro Moraine and the Nottawasaga River."
Photo by Tony Bellissimo, Innisfil