Ottawa, ON — On Tuesday, October 2nd, Mr. Stanton met with MPs and municipal representatives along with Minister of the Environment, Peter Kent, to discuss the persistently low water levels on and the actions that can and should be taken to address them.
M.P. Stanton joined Kellie Leitch, M.P. for Simcoe Grey, together with Scott Warnock, Mayor of Tay Township, George Lawrence, Deputy Mayor of Tiny Township, Sandra Cooper, Mayor of Collingwood and Cal Patterson, Mayor of Wasaga Beach, and Warden of the County of Simcoe.
The Mayors and Deputy Mayor described the situation to Minister Kent and urged the Minister to consideration every possible course of action that might begin to restore water levels to their historic cycle and protect critical wetland and shoreline habitats in Simcoe North and Simcoe Grey.
M.P. Stanton, after the meeting, noted that, “The Mayors were open and frank about the risk to the environment and economy of the Georgian Bay region being imposed by continued, historically low water levels. I support their efforts and will continue to advance their messages to the Government of Canada”.
The International Joint Commission recently released the second and concluding report of the Study Board. It focuses on the formulation and evaluation of options for a new regulation plan, while addressing restoration and multi-lake regulation as alternative approaches for dealing with extreme water levels beyond those addressed by Lake Superior regulation alone, and considers the important role that adaptive management can play to help interested parties better anticipate and respond to extreme water levels in the future. The report notes that the American and Canadian governments have invested $17.5 million dollars since 2007 to collect data on the phenomenon of low water levels in the Upper Great Lakes etc.