NPLA endorses CELA, OEN, OHI “Protecting Water for Future Generations” submission to Ontario Government

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Mar 082018
 

NPLA Director Marie Windover attended the recent WaterScape: Community Discussions on Protecting Water for Future Generations session in Peterborough, co-hosted by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Ontario Environment Network (OEN), and Ontario Headwaters Institute (OHI) in partnership with Peterborough GreenUP. It was one of six in-person sessions held across southern Ontario between February 6-22.

The in-person sessions had the following goals:

  • To educate and engage interested individuals and organizations about Ontario’s water protection policies, particularly in response to the Protecting Water for Future Generations proposal; and,
  • To listen to the community, whose observations informed the submission (see below).

At the session, feedback was sought on the following questions:

  1. Are the increased measures in the Greenbelt adequate to the need to protect water there?
  2. Are there other areas of the province where increased protection for water should be applied?
  3. Is the Province doing enough to protect water?

Your NPLA Board, along with over 50 other environmental and community groups, endorsed the joint CELA, OEN, and OHI submission to the Ontario Government regarding its proposal: Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring (EBR Registry Number: 013-1661).

The submission includes Seventeen (17) Recommendations:

Protecting Water for Future Generations submission

 

WaterScape: Community Discussions on Protecting Water for Future Generations

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Jan 312018
 

WaterScape: Community Discussions on Protecting Water for Future Generations

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Ontario Environment Network (OEN), and Ontario Headwaters Institute (OHI) announce dates, locations, and local partners for community discussions on protecting Ontario’s water.

See Poster for details on a meeting near you:

Waterscape-Dates-and-Registration-Jan-31

NPLA comments to the government of ONT. on the regulations to establish as moratorium on permits to take water

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Feb 022017
 

Leo Luong, Manager
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division
Land and Water Policy Branch
40 St. Clair Avenue West
Floor 10
Toronto Ontario
M4V 1M2

Re: Regulation Proposal Notice – A regulation establishing a moratorium on the issuance of new or increasing permits to take water for water bottling (EBR Registry # 012-8783).

Dear Mr. Luong:

The North Pigeon Lake Association (NPLA) is located in the Municipality of Trent Lakes and the City of Kawartha Lakes. NPLA supports actions that preserve and promote the welfare of the shoreline and the waters of north Pigeon Lake, its catchment area, and more broadly across Ontario. We promote good government, including environmental stewardship.

NPLA supports the Ministry’s proposal for a two-year moratorium on new or increased permits to take water and appreciates the opportunity for public comment via posting the proposal notice on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry.

NPLA is pleased that the proposal acknowledges that parts of the province targeted for population growth have concerns related to future water security and there is, therefore, a need, to prioritize water-taking uses. We support stricter policies and regulations for the water bottling industry.

With respect to the Actions planned during the moratorium, NPLA offers these specific comments: Continue reading »