Headwaters Protection of our Streams

As the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority completes its Policy Review focusing on wetlands, many of our (SLSN) comments in the process with Ecojustice Lawyers have been incorporated into the new Policy, assuming the LSRCA Board passes it. However, SLSN noted the absence of drainage feature guidelines or sufficient policy to ensure the protection of unconfined and non-apparent valley features, particularly protection of streams in drainage. In addition to protecting wetlands, protection of these headwater areas are crucial to ensuring the long term sustainability of the watershed. Headwaters provide a multitude of functions and alterations to these features can cause adverse impacts on both aquatic and terrestrial integrity in the watershed. This meeting will report on this problem in our area. P.H.