McGuinty Government Commits To Protecting Lake Simcoe
Working With Local Communities To Keep Lake Healthy For Families
Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced that his government would take strong action to protect the health of Lake Simcoe.
"The community has come together to protect their lake, and we're here today because we're on their side," said Premier McGuinty. "The act we are proposing today would ensure that families will continue to enjoy Lake Simcoe for years to come."
The Lake Simcoe Act would be developed and implemented in cooperation with municipalities, conservation authorities, local residents, cottagers, farmers, environment groups, developers, First Nations and the tourism industry.
The act would build on the good science and planning work already done by the province, municipalities, conservation authority and community groups: Inter-Governmental Action Plan, Assimilative Capacity Study and Lake Simcoe Environmental Management Strategy.
The new act would:
- Raise the bar for sewage treatment standards and set strict limits on pollutants such as phosphorous
- Create a governance structure as recommended by the Lake Simcoe Environmental Management Strategy Working Group, and
- Promote recreational opportunities while protecting the health of the lake.
The Lake Simcoe Protection Act is the latest initiative by the McGuinty government to protect Ontario's shared environment by limiting sprawl, protecting greenspace and encouraging smart development. Since 2003, the McGuinty government has introduced:
- The Clean Water Act: protecting our drinking water at its source
- The Greenbelt: permanently protecting 1.8 million acres of greenspace
- Places to Grow: planning for smart growth
- MoveOntario 2020: 12-year building plan to deliver 52 rapid transit initiatives in the GTA and Hamilton
"We're pleased to stand with the Lake Simcoe community -- the environmental groups and residents -- to make sure Lake Simcoe is healthy for generations to come," said Premier McGuinty. "Together, we're moving forward with strong environmental protection that will benefit your family today -- and your kids and grandkids for years to come."