Feedback sought on Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

by Editorial Staff | December 23, 2020
Lake Simcoe looking towards Thorah Island
Lake Simcoe, looking towards Thorah Island from near Gamebridge. (Photo by Jason Bain)

The province wants your input before it decides whether or not to update the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

Citizens can take part in a 75-day public review by completing an online survey until March 3, 2020 or taking part in a virtual town hall in early 2021, officials announced on Saturday, Dec. 18.

The plan focuses on improving water quality by reducing pollutants and invasive species, and supporting sustainable fisheries. It’s been a guiding document for the province since 2009.

Based on the engagement and the findings from the review, the ministry will consider making amendments to the plan by next summer.

Progress encouraging

“Thanks to the hard work of local environmental and conservation organizations, advocates and all levels of government, considerable progress has been made to restore Lake Simcoe over the past 10 years,” said Andrea Khanjin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks and MPP for Barrie-Innisfil.

“While this progress is encouraging, we know the watershed is under increasing pressure as the result of population growth and climate change. That’s why we are inviting all our partners, including the general public to participate in the review of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep the lake beautiful for generations to come.”

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