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Letter: Nix $715M sewage plant; reduce Lake Simcoe phosphorus pollution first by 50%

'This failure of leadership to protect the lake is simply unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue'
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Ice huts on Lake Simcoe in February 2019. Shawn Gibson/BarrieToday

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Re: Proposed sewage plant debate fires up as Newmarket mayor warns growth will soon grind to halt, Mar. 1.

Mayor John Taylor and the Region of York are asking Premier Ford to approve the Upper York Sewage Solutions Project, which will dump more phosphorus pollution into Lake Simcoe.

In 2009, the Government of Ontario released its Lake Simcoe Protection Plan which calls for a 50-per cent reduction in Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution to protect the lake’s cold water fishery and to reduce algae blooms and weeds.

Unfortunately, 10 years later, the Region, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada have still not developed a plan to achieve the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan's 50-per cent phosphorus pollution reduction target.

This failure of leadership to protect the lake is simply unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue.

Therefore, the Region of York should not be allowed to spend $715 million to dump more pollution into Lake Simcoe until our elected leaders have developed a plan and a budget to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution by 50 per cent by 2026 and have fully consulted with the Georgina Island First Nation.

Jack Gibbons

Chair, Lake Simcoe Watch

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