However, the Government of Ontario has not funded or implemented a plan to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorous pollution to 44 tonnes a year. Lake Simcoe’s phosphorous pollution has instead gone up by 30% since 2009. (To learn more about how we can reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorous pollution to 44 tonnes a year, please read our Cleaning-Up Lake Simcoe report.)
Responses to the question:
Do you believe that Lake Simcoe’s municipalities should formally request that the Government of Ontario promptly fund and implement a plan to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorous pollution to 44 tonnes a year by 2030?
This should include a demand by municipalities for a pause in uncontrolled development as current practices are for short term gain by only a few – a smarter approach needs to be taken that considers the environment and climate change and a sustainable future for all. Wetlands and forests, which are natural buffer and flooding prevention zones must be protected, not destroyed.
Orillia has its own tertiary treatment plant up and running. It is my hope other municipalities will follow.
Thank you for this question. I had only a basic understanding of the sources of phosphorus in wastewater, and the measures that are available to reduce phosphorous pollution, so I had to do some research. My understanding is that the main sources of phosphorus in wastewater are human waste from septic systems, household detergents, and aging and inefficient wastewater treatment plants. I am in support of measures to reduce phosphorus runoff through prevention – inspection and upgrading of septic and wastewater treatment – and through education.
My understanding is that phosphorus can be captured, but it is more beneficial and less expensive to prevent nutrient overload by reducing use of phosphorus fertilizers, and
Also in constant dialog with the governments to find a better solution
Ian James Gordon
Clean water is the key to the future and benefits everyone, not just the local residents.
Preserving our environment and our water resources are a priority for me should I be successful in Orillia’s Ward 2.
I have been actively seeking to educate myself on these extremely important issues.
Joe Winacott. Ward 4
I think it is very important to protect our lakes and ecosystem. I am sure there are untapped resources we can look into to help provide funding.
I am a Director on the Board for the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition
Elizabeth Van Houtte
However, only a consortium of municipalities that is willing to place serious political pressure on the province will make any headway. If recent elections have shown us anything it is that lack of action and avoiding public discourse wins elections. While local government posits support for reduction of pollution and sprawl, it continues to approve those very same actions in economic development goals. Our province has been very efficient at squeezing local government and forcing bad local decisions to avoid responsibility.
I hear from many fisher people and residents how much of an issue this is. Very, very concerning. I look forward to hearing from you and other organizations how this can be implemented and working to achieve this goal.
I would like to learn more about the plan to reduce pollution in our lakes.