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Local group wants the province to expand greenbelt coverage

Last Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 6:57 pm EST

AP Photo/John Minchillo, File

The Government of Ontario is looking to expand the footprint of greenbelt conservation areas both in the Region of Waterloo as well as provincially.

That’s a good thing according to Arlene Slocombe, executive director of Wellington Water Watchers, but she wants the coverage to have an even larger impact to protect the local land near waterways and wetlands against future growth.

“There’s natural rights for these water protections areas to be protected. If we want to reach our growth targets and have enough water to supply people as we grow, it’s absolutely essential that we protect our source water protection features of the landscape.”

Slocombe goes on to add that all public land near waterways and water corridors should be safe from development.

The input of more than 120 community groups which make up the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance have been taken into account to make up the expanded greenbelt coverage which they’re hoping the province will accept because it in no way affects any proposed development.

Here is the proposed coverage map of the Government of Ontario

Here is the proposed coverage map of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance

 

Wellington Water Watchers believes by 2041 more than 1 million new residents are expected to live in the areas they want protected, and will rely on the groundwater supplies fed by these water sources.

Wellington Water Watchers is hosting an event for the public to attend to get more information on:

Wednesday February 7, 2018
7pm – 9:30pm
St. James Anglican Church (in the basement)
86 Glasgow St N
Guelph, ON N1H 4W2

The Government of Ontario has also announced six open houses, starting on today. The Open House in Guelph will take place on:

Tuesday February 6, 2018.
5:30 – 8:00 pm
Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson Street
Guelph, ON N1E 2Y7