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Tell the Province that you want the Greenbelt to #ProtectOurWater.
Dear Minister Mauro,
Water is our most precious resource. I am pleased the government is taking this important step to protect the water systems we all depend on. I would like to offer my comments on this proposal (EBR # 013-1661).
The government proposal needs to go further, however, to fully protect this Bluebelt within the boundaries of an expanded Greenbelt. Specifically, I would like to see the following areas added to the proposal for protection:
In Simcoe County and adjacent areas:
I also support the Greenbelt to be expanded to include:
We simply cannot afford to pave over those landscape features which store, filter and supply our water. I urge you to proceed with your plans to grow the Greenbelt and to permanently safeguard critical water supplies, natural areas and prime farmland from urban sprawl.
I’m one of the 9 in 10!
Nine in ten Ontarians say growing the Greenbelt is important to protect water, farmland, and natural habitats from sprawl. The region must accommodate an estimated 4 million more residents by 2041 without increasing pressure on vulnerable water supplies, and in so doing undermining our health and prosperity. Stronger provincial protection to ensure growth pressures, drought and climate change do not endanger water supplies in the future will safeguard local farm, tourism and wildlife, well into the future.
Permanently protecting farmland, water supplies and air-purifying forests from sprawl, the positive impacts of the Greenbelt will only become more important over time. As our region continues to grow rapidly, the Greenbelt maintains a healthy, world-class quality of life and prosperous economy. The looming realities of climate change only magnify the Greenbelt’s importance and underline the urgency to act and expand its reach.