Marg Gurr (StoneSong Studio) 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.

I supported the 2008 recommendations and would like a more inclusive explanation as to why this didn't get off the ground.

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?


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.

You haven't provided enough information to make an informed decision. I would want to know what's worked in other communities, whether forecasts are a consideration in budgeting, and how we can avoid getting so far behind the curve in the first place. Ignorance is not bliss, but acts as a convenient excuse for the smaller players (individuals and families) to simply ignore the whole issue. Get serious about the purpose of the laws and the enforcement, recognize that the chief offenders should be the chief contributors to the financial burden of clean-up and start taking this as seriously as those of us who make this effort personally every single day. Stop spending money on consultants and surveys and get to the doing part of the mess.

4. Please provide any other comments about Lake Simcoe Watch’s report: Cleaning Up Lake Simcoe: A Discussion Paper.

Stop dumping harmful agents into the lake. You guys plough, pick up and dump. What did you expect would happen. This isn't rocket science.
Road salt (aka sodium chloride) is 40 percent sodium, 60 percent chloride, and a smattering of other components: ferrocyanide (often used as anti-caking agent), phosphorus, and iron. ... Road salt and its unnatural additives are making their way into our natural environment.