Clean Water at Risk

Massive changes to Conservation Authorities mean development could be allowed closer to rivers, wetlands and forests, threatening contamination of our lakes and rivers, more floods, and reduced wildlife habitat.

The Issue

What we do on the land impacts water. Conservation Authorities are there to ensure that planners and developers use the land responsibly to manage the risks of flooding, and the contamination of our lakes and rivers. But now through Bill 108 – the More Homes, More Choice Act 2019 – the Ontario government is proposing massive changes to how these authorities are run, and to the programs they deliver. The changes would limit Conservation Authorities’ powers to protect Ontario’s watersheds, while at the same time cutting their funding for flood hazard prevention in half.

 

The Solution

Ontario’s lakes and rivers are incredible natural features which allow this province to grow and thrive, and we need to protect them.Bill 108 is a developer’s dream, but it could be a nightmare for Ontario’s freshwater. We need to protect Conservation Authorities, support the Great Lakes, stop road salt contamination and prioritise drinking water.