Anonymous on February 18, 2020
1. Do you support Lake Simcoe Watch’s recommendation that the Government of Ontario should develop a plan to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution to 44 tonnes per year by 2026? If no, do you support the achievement of the 44 tonne per year target by a later date? If yes, please specify the date.
Yes develope a better plan then out lined. 2023
2. Do you support Lake Simcoe Watch’s proposed actions to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution? If no, please explain why not and outline alternative actions that you believe should be taken to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution?
No it is a constant up hill battle because there is far to many high volume pumping wells (PTTW) surrounding the Lake. They add more yearly. They will continue to load the Lake. As they have done for decades. Some folks are missing the signs of loss of wet lands, aquatic habitats in water tributaries we already face from overburdening aquifers. No secret the levels are dropping world wide because to much taking from the bank account is occurring when no new deposits are made. Land subsidence can not be be reversed. The compaction soils can no longer regenerate former recharge. The plan to revitalize a number of identified areas will not work well if the watersheds are constantly being depleted from over pumping. They need revoke many of these permits to reduce the what they are discharging back to the Lake. They need to take stock of and map out all aquifers. They need to start monitoring actual levels. Not what goes on these days pumping ridiculous amounts of the watershed during droughts with out a care in the world.
3. Do you agree that the Development Charges Act should be amended to permit the Government of Ontario and Lake Simcoe municipalities to levy development charges to recover 100% of their costs of reducing Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution? If no, please explain why not and outline how you believe the pollution reduction measures should be paid for.
No- industries using high volumes of surface and ground waters for profiting for decade's should indeed pay a share of the clean up costs. Since they will continue to load the Lake.
4. Please provide any other comments about Lake Simcoe Watch’s report: Cleaning Up Lake Simcoe: A Discussion Paper.