Registration will be open until Friday March 5, 2020 (5:00 p.m. ET)
CBM will be hosting small virtual meetings with members of the public that live near to the proposed quarry site. These sessions will provide an opportunity for you to hear an update presentation on the project, followed by time to virtually meet and ask questions to CBM staff and their consulting team.
Please tell us your opinion regarding the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant by answering our short survey. The survey is open now and closes at 9 a.m. Sunday March 7th, 2021 so the results can be gathered. Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant Survey
This link will take you to a copy of the Federal Environmental Assessment sent by the coalition for the West Credit River to The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change on February 25th, 2021. 2021_02_05 ERIN WWTP DESIGNATION REQUEST FINAL
The following plea for help was prepared by a Belfountain resident:
Thank you to everyone who sent an email about the proposed highway 413 to the Peel Regional Council.
We all need to email Peel Council again and keep the pressure on, because:
The Regional Council did not vote on the motion to stop the 413 and postponed making a decision until their next meeting on MARCH 11.
Numbers count so we need to get as many people to write in as possible.
ACTION NEEDED: Please send another email to Peel Council – before March 10 – asking them to support the motion to stop the 413. You can add any comments you have about the highway, or just leave it as a one-liner that is as simple as saying “Please stop the 413”.
Please ask your neighbours and friends to send an email, too. Here are the email addresses:
Wastewater Treatment Plant Spells Doom for West Credit Brook Trout
Coalition asks Federal Government for Impact Assessment
The Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant (Erin WWTP) will discharge over 7 million litres of effluent daily, releasing a toxic plume of chloride, ammonia and decreased oxygen into the West Credit River, directly upstream of native Brook Trout spawning nursery and habitat, and endangered Redside Dace.
The Coalition for the West Credit River is calling on Johnathan Wilkinson, (Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada) for a federal review of the Environmental Study Report (ESR) for the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant (Erin WWTP), under the Impact Assessment Act.
There is a growing movement by local citizens in opposition to the Erin WWTP, such as Ken Cowling’s one man protest, the Road Rally for Residents and River, the over 16,000 signatures on the Cut the Crap, Keep the Credit petition, and a pending parliamentary petition.
The Coalition recognizes the need for growth in both villages; however, it must be reasonable and sustainable growth. The plan is to grow the population from its current 4,500 to about 18,873, which is widely considered to be excessive in light of the size of the effluent’s receiving stream. With this significant increase in population will come an increase in hardened surfaces, commercial development, traffic, road salt and other pollutants, stormwater run-off, a major increase in groundwater usage, increased heat island effects, and all that comes with this increased footprint of urban development.
As much as the Mayor and Council have a clear desire to increase their tax base by ramping up residential, commercial, and industrial growth in the Towns of Erin and Hillsburgh, the West Credit River and its valued Brook Trout population, species at risk, and other sensitive aquatic species could pay a deadly price.
The Coalition completed a full review of the ESR, and it was deficient in several crucial ways. There was inadequate consideration of the cumulative effects of the expanded population growth and all that it entails, the effects of a warming climate on stream and effluent temperatures and failed to require crucial limits and design objectives for effluent temperature. The ESR also failed to consider the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve (Reserve), which is within 700 m downstream of where effluent will be discharged. The Reserve is home to several sensitive fish species, including the endangered Redside Dace and reintroduced Atlantic Salmon.
The Town of Erin and Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) failed to exercise due diligence and provide a clear and transparent path to understand how many decisions were made.
This Class Environmental Assessment was flawed and narrow, whereas a federal environmental assessment would provide a thorough review of the available facts to ensure that Brook Trout and Redside Dace have robust mitigation and protection, including comprehensive monitoring, adaptive management and stringent compliance limits.
Judy Mabee, President of the Belfountain Community Organization stated, “Our Coalition developed a Briefing report identifying a long list of deficiencies in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process and the ESR. It revealed a lack of due diligence in key areas such as climate change, effluent temperature, cumulative effects, and stakeholder notification and consultation. The report provides details on these and other serious areas of concerns that, if left unchecked, will have deadly consequences on West Credit River Brook Trout.”
Erin is located northeast of Guelph, in Wellington County. The main urban centers within the Town are Erin Village and Hillsburgh. Currently, almost all residences are serviced by individual private septic systems.
The Coalition for the West Credit River represents the following organizations: the Belfountain Community Organization, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club, Ontario Rivers Alliance, Ontario Streams, Trout Unlimited Canada – Greg Clark Chapter and the West Credit River Watch.
Yesterday, Mississauga Council came out unanimously AGAINST highway 413 and today (Wednesday), they will bring their motion and resolutions to the Region. Peel Region is meeting at 9:30 a.m. and we hope they will adopt the same motion and resolutions.
Belfountain resident, Jenni LeForestier, will be delegating to Region of Peel council today to ask that that they too pass the motion to stop the 413.
Below are the email addresses and a sample email you can send to the Region to request they oppose the 413. Please remember to sign it and add your postal code at the end. If you don’t live in Peel Region but have friends who do, please forward this to them. You can send the template as is, or add any comments you have about the highway, or write your own email.
If you want to read Mississauga’s motion and resolutions (2 pages), the link is below in the sample email.
Why should we care? The recent reductions in Regional Councillor representation created a need to identify alternative electoral processes for the 2022 election, and restructuring of ward boundaries and resident populations in Caledon.
Your input is needed to advise Council as to whether you wish representation by population or representation based on natural features/community of interests. The needs, issues and population of rural West Caledon is quite different than those of larger urban centers.
The Town will be asking for your input through public information sessions and a survey. The information sessions are scheduled from March 22-31,2021. The public input process will occur in Round 2. You will need to register to participate. We encourage you to participate in the process and think about how our community of interests will be appropriately represented. https://www.caledon.ca/en/government/ward-boundary-review-public-engagement.aspx
The Dufferin Caledon Green Party and our Federal MP Kyle Seeback have lent their support to a Government of Canada Petition calling for a Federal Environmental Impact Assessment of the Erin Waste Water Treatment Plant, which threatens the health and ecology of the West Credit River, and the native Brook Trout population and habitat.
Please sign this petition to have your concerns heard in Ottawa by the Government of Canada.
February 18, 2021 Community Update on the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Belfountain Community Organization is part of a Coalition of community and environmental groups, which includes West Credit River Watch, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club, Trout Unlimited Canada- Greg Clark Chapter, Ontario Streams, Ontario Rivers Alliance and Ontario Headwaters Institute. These groups joined together to collaboratively address the issues surrounding the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant and protect the health of the West Credit River
The Coalition has concerns that the proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Town of Erin will discharge effluent into The West Credit River, a coldwater Brook Trout stream and have devastating effects on their population.
Several members of the Coalition were involved in a detailed review of the Environmental Service Report (ESR) signed by Minister Yurek. This review has identified many deficiencies that need to be addressed to ensure the survival of the Brook Trout in the West Credit River. The detailed review is available on the West Credit River Watch Website and in more detail here.
The Coalition is requesting that the Town of Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant be designated for a Federal Environmental Assessment under the Impact Assessment Act, to address the deficiencies in the Provincial ESR.
16,000 people have signed a petition to protect the Brook Trout in the West Credit River, if you have not already done so, please sign here: this petition.
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