Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Sept. 17, 2021 - The Towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Georgina have unanimously passed motions calling on the federal and provincial governments and York Region to work together to build the Holland Marsh phosphorous pollution reduction facility.

Councillor Cria Pettingill will bring a similar motion before Brock Council on Sept. 27.

Councillor Loralea Carruthers is also working on a motion with the East Gwillimbury Environmental Advisory Committee. The Committee is meeting on Oct. 5 and their recommendation will go to East Gwillimbury Council later in October.

The Holland Marsh pollution reduction project is the single largest action we can take to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorous pollution.

Last year, the Government of Canada pledged to invest $16 million in this $40 million project.

Unfortunately, the Chair of York Region, Wayne Emmerson, is unwilling to support this project unless the province gives Aurora, Newmarket and East Gwillimbury permission to dump their sewage into Lake Simcoe.

In addition, the Government of Ontario has so far failed to provide financial support for this project, which is needed to clean-up Lake Simcoe.

York Region wants permission to build a huge sewage treatment plant that will discharge into Lake Simcoe.

What you can do

We need to persuade every Lake Simcoe municipality to pass resolutions calling on the Governments of Canada, Ontario and the Region of York to work together to build the Holland Marsh pollution reduction plant ASAP.

As Claire Malcolmson, executive director of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, says: "Your cottaging and water skiing activities are going to be yucky and stinky if you do not take the protection of Lake Simcoe seriously."

Please contact your Lake Simcoe Mayors and ask them to join their colleagues in calling for action on this important pollution reduction project.

Name & Municipality

Lynn Dollin, Innisfil This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jeff Lehman, Barrie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harry Hughes, Oro-Medonte This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve Clarke, Orillia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Basil Clarke, Ramara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Grant, Brock This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Virginia Hackson, East Gwillimbury This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Article courtesy of Lake Simcoe Watch -- www.LakeSimcoeWatch.ca

 

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