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Where do local candidates stand on cleaning up Lake Simcoe?

Lake Simcoe Protection Plan calls for reduction of phosphorus pollution by 50 per cent to improve water quality and protect cold-water fishery
USED 2019-05-30 Good Morn RB 19
File photo of Lake Simcoe. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

Six Liberal, six Conservative, six Green, and four NDP candidates plus one People’s Party candidate believe that the Government of Canada should work with the Government of Ontario and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution to 44 tonnes per year (a 50 per cent reduction) by 2026.

The Conservative Party candidates are promising to create a Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund with a budget of $30 million over four years. We asked the Conservative candidates to tell us by how many tonnes per year their proposed fund would reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution by 2026, but none of them provided an answer.

According to the Government of Ontario’s Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution must be reduced by 50 per cent to improve water quality (e.g., reduction of weeds and algae blooms) and to protect our cold-water fishery (e.g., lake trout and whitefish).

Despite the fact that the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan was released 10 years ago, the Government of Ontario still does not have a plan or a budget to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution to 44 tonnes per year.

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Lake Simcoe Watch is a joint initiative of AWARE Simcoe, the Innisfil District Association, the Lake Simcoe Association, the North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance, the South Lake Simcoe Naturalists, the STORM Coalition and the West Oro Ratepayers’ Association.