Lake Simcoe is under threat from urban sprawl.
Now is our chance to create a greener future for Lake Simcoe. A future that safeguards our drinking water, air quality and sensitive wildlife.
The lake can thrive if we protect the green space around it.
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Urban sprawl removes trees, wetlands and natural greenery that keeps water safe and clean. Sprawl in the Lake Simcoe region is putting drinking water at greater risk. When wetlands, forests and working farms are paved over for poorly planned growth, more pollution enters the air and water. Rising phosphorus levels and poor sewage planning in and around the lake lead to declining fish populations and beach closures. And, by threatening green spaces on which the tourism, agricultural, and recreational industries depend, it puts the region's prosperity in jeopardy.
Environmental Defence has worked with citizens and all levels of government to establish the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, which protects greenspaces and the watershed around Lake Simcoe and the Nottawasaga River. And, while this is a major victory for us, it's not over yet.
We're still working to keep development in the region in check. And we're educating residents about how to promote clean air and water by reducing phosphorus use and cutting down on traffic.