Ontario’s Greenbelt protects environmentally sensitive natural areas, forests, farmland and local food sources, as well as rivers and streams. But just outside of its protective boundaries, urban sprawl, and the highways and sewers that feed it, continue to devour prime farmland and nature at an alarming rate. Even though there is lots of land available inside existing city boundaries for people and businesses to grow, sprawl developers are trying to pave over sensitive stream headwater and groundwater areas. More needs to be done to add important and vulnerable areas that protect our water sources into the Greenbelt’s protective fold.
Growing the Greenbelt throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe protects our water systems from drought, flooding and urbanization. The provincial government asked for input on proposed Greenbelt expansion during a three-month consultation period that ended on March 7, 2018. The government is reviewing the feedback received and we expect further consultations in the near future.
Over the last three months, 120 groups from across Ontario, and thousands of letters from citizens, told the government that their proposal to expand the Greenbelt is a good first step, but doesn’t go far enough. Key headwaters, moraines, wetlands and recharge areas are missing from the provincial proposal.
We urge the government to expand the Greenbelt. And, we invite you to join us in calling for a bigger, better Greenbelt.
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