The Ontario government’s proposed protection of critical water supplies is a step in the right direction, but more is needed to protect the ground water in Brant County, and stop urban sprawl from paving over our prime farmland.
Brantford, ON – Today, the province announced plans to grow the Greenbelt to protect threatened drinking water sources of 1.25 million people in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Over the next 90-days, consultations are being held across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We commend the Ontario government for extending protection of the Paris-Galt moraine as it provides the drinking water for many people in the area.
The Greenbelt permanently protects land from urbanization, one of the biggest threats to water systems. Protecting water in underground aquifers and headwaters is critical to providing communities with the drinking water they need to survive and prosper. On the proposed protection of the Paris-Galt moraine, Brantford Councillor Dave Neumann stated: “Celebrate this tremendous move forward. It is important for Brantford that there be protection of the Grand River watershed because we take our water from the river. Growing the Greenbelt is one way to improve the quality of water."
Farmers, and community groups in the area meanwhile were calling for more protection. Brant County farmer Ted Shelegy commented "(i)t is important that the Greenbelt be extended to Brant County to protect prime agricultural land which is near major urban markets for farmers. We have to preserve as much of our natural areas as we can because our whole economy depends upon ground source water and other natural areas to improve our quality of life."