Innisfil District Association is part of a joint initiative to put pressure on our federal and provincial governments to develop a plan for Lake Simcoe and its watershed. Other partners are AWARE Simcoe, the Lake Simcoe Association, the North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance, the South Lake Simcoe Naturalists, the STORM Coalition and the West Oro Ratepayers’ Association.
We need leaders to work together to Save Lake Simcoe.
According to the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, to improve the water quality of Lake Simcoe (e.g., reduction of weeds and algae blooms) and to protect our cold water fishery (e.g., lake trout and whitefish) Lake Simcoe’s annual phosphorus loadings must be reduced by 50% to 44 tonnes per year. The plan also calls for at least 40% of Lake Simcoe’s watershed area to consist of high quality forests, wetlands and meadows.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan was released 10 years ago, our political leaders still do not have a plan to achieve its phosphorus pollution reduction and natural cover restoration targets. This is simply not acceptable. We need real action now to save the lake we love. We need a plan that will achieve these critical targets by 2026 at the latest – the health of our lake cannot wait any longer.
It is time for Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, York-Simcoe MPP Caroline Mulroney and York Region Chair Wayne Emmerson to work together to develop and implement a plan to save Lake Simcoe.
What you can do? Click on the link below to sign our petition.
Please sign our online petition requesting that Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, York-Simcoe MPP Caroline Mulroney and York Region Chair Wayne Emmerson work together to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution to 44 tonnes per year by 2026; and ensure that by 2026 at least 40% of Lake Simcoe’s watershed consists of high-quality connected forests, wetlands and meadows.