Take the online survey before March 3, writes Zaynab Kanji.
Lake Simcoe is the largest inland lake in Southern Ontario. For more than a decade, Lake Simcoe and the Lake Simcoe Watershed, home to more than 450,000 people, have been protected by the Lake Simcoe Protection Act (LSPA).
Right now, the Ontario government is reviewing the LSPA and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. As part of the review, Ontario is holding a public survey asking you to help decide if and what types of amendments should be made to the act and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.
Take the online survey now! The deadline is March 3, 2021, which leaves you with less than two weeks to complete it!
Since 2009, the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan has guided the province’s actions to protect the lake; the plan focuses on the lake’s water quality, reducing pollutants, caring for natural heritage, and addressing the impacts of any invasive threats. Overall, this is a crucial time to take action and help protect the lake to the best of our ability.
Taking the survey will give everyone a better understanding of where the priorities should be in protecting the lake, and lets everyone know what is important to Lake Simcoe People.
If lots of people take part, it also will let the Government of Ontario know that a large number of people care greatly for Lake Simcoe and want to know that everything is being done to protect it.
The short survey will only take a few minutes of your time but in turn will vastly benefit the outcome of the review of the LSPP.
Fill out the survey before your time is up, and together, we can continue to protect Lake Simcoe.
You can find the survey at: https://www.ontario.ca/form/public-survey-lake-simcoe-protection-plan-10-year-review
If you need some background information, please go to this link on the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition website: https://rescuelakesimcoe.org/
If you need some help in filling out the survey, please go to: https://rescuelakesimcoe.org/2021/01/11/rescue-lake-simcoe-coalition-guidance-on-the-provinces-lake-simcoe-protection-plan-review-survey/
Article by Zaynab Kanji, a Grade 11 student at Richmond Hill High School. For February to June 2021, Zaynab is an intern with Lake Simcoe Living through the co-op program at RHHS.
Artwork courtesy of Ross Pityk's Grade 4 class, Alcona Glen Elementary School, Innisfil.
Girl on the Kayak by Lilia M.
Waves with Pink Fish by Ale C.
Snorkel Art by Kolton M.