Anonymous 1 on March 4, 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.
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 does not go far enough. Ground source water is overburdened by PTTW. Surface water as well. They have identified opportunities to revitalize aquatic habitat, rivers, streams, wet lands and create ponds. Ground source water is being pumped out faster then it can recharge during growing seasons. That run off is very difficult to control when millions upon millions of litres are pumped on any given day from aquifers and surface waters. Those PTTW surrounding the Lake have been loading the Lake for decades. Our ground waters equally need protections from these practices. They need to revoke many of these permits. As wells as how many high volume pumping wells one can have on a property.
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 l think industries that pump surface and ground water should be paying as well. Since that run off has been loading the Lake for decades prior to any development of many areas.
4. Please provide any other comments about Lake Simcoe Watch’s report: Cleaning Up Lake Simcoe: A Discussion Paper.