Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) will not be opening Belfountain Conservation Area this operating season. The park will be closed to the public for the entirety of 2021. This closure includes access from the Trimble Trail (Bruce Trail side trail) through Belfountain Conservation Area. The closure does not affect the adjacent Willoughby property, which will remain open. However, entrance to Belfountain Conservation Area, through the Willoughby property is strictly prohibited.
CVC have advised they are closing Belfountain Conservation Area to undertake critical restoration projects that will help protect and manage the natural and cultural heritage of the property. As you may be aware, in 2017 the Minister of Environment approved CVC’s Environmental Assessment (EA) to restore a portion of the West Credit River. This is part of Phase 1 of the Belfountain Conservation Area Management Plan. To safely undertake this work, it is necessary that the park be closed to the public.
Restoration projects include removing the sedimented headpond, creating a new natural channel and lowering the Belfountain dam by one metre to improve its structural stability and to increase the flow and overall health of the river. We will also be planting 169 new trees and 515 new shrubs, restoring the Mack Park cultural heritage features, and replacing the boardwalk system and pedestrian bridge.
Information about the Environmental Assessment and the Belfountain Conservation Area Management Plan are available on CVC’s website at www.cvc.ca/bcmp
The CVC have advised that they understand that Belfountain Conservation Area is a valued and popular destination for residents and visitors from across the GTA. Their goal is to redirect visitors to other CVC properties so they can continue to connect with nature and enjoy outdoor activities.
The CVC will be taking a number of steps to ensure their partners and members of the public are notified of the closure. Starting today CVC will begin sharing this closure notice through direct communication with their local, regional and provincial partners, Belfountain businesses, Belfountain residents and their Conservation Park members and visitors. The general public will be advised through a variety of on-going tactics including a press release, social media messaging, website notifications and physical on-site signage. The CVC would appreciate your support in sharing and reinforcing the message through your communication channels.
The CVC anticipates that Belfountain Conservation Area will re-open for the 2022 operating season.
The Belfountain Community Spring Catch Up Call and scavenger hunt scheduled for tomorrow, April 2nd, will be rescheduled after March break (week of April 12th).
We will send out the updated day, time and registration information as soon as we can.
We are now asking you to submit your comments directly to the Impact Assessment Registry to support the Coalition’s Designation Request and to express your feelings about the 7 million liters per day of sewage effluent from the Town of Erin’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Project being discharged into the West Credit River ecosystem. Your comments will demonstrate to the Impact Assessment Agency and Minister Wilkinson that the Coalition’s Designation Request has strong support from the public.
To make it easy for you we have prepared a submission letter with maximum flexibility. The letter has some core text that can be sent out as is, or you can choose from some key issues you might want to copy and paste into your letter. You may also choose to express your own feelings about the Town of Erin’s wastewater management plans.
Take action now – the deadline for comments is 8 April 2021.
Your letter will go directly to the Impact Assessment Agency, to Minister Wilkinson, Minister McKenna, Minister Jordan, to your local MP and MPP, and other key provincial Ministers and MPPs.
Once your comments have been processed through the Agency, they will be posted to the Impact Assessment Registry at this link. Yours will be some of the first comments. To read the comments, scroll down the Registry page to Participate and click on View Comments.
Thank you again for taking strong action to protect West Credit River Brook Trout, Redside Dace, and other sensitive species at risk!!
For those of you who were not able to attend the Coalition for the West Credit River meeting on March 25th, you can watch it Video Click Here
Please join the protest to Save the West Credit River on Saturday April 3rd between 1pm and 3pm on Highway 52 (extension of Bush Street) west of 10th Line.
Yours in conservation,
Coalition for the West Credit River
CBM Aggregates (CBM), a division of St. Marys Cement Inc. (Canada), is
exploring the feasibility of developing a mega quarry in the vicinity of Charleston Sideroad and Main Street/Regional Road 136 in the Town of Caledon.
To register for the virtual community town hall, please visit the project website:
www.cbmcaledonquarry.ca/community/. After you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the virtual meeting.
This is the full notice. 19129150-CBM-CaledonQuarry-Apr2021-CommunityTownHall_Rev0
As you may have read in the Caledon Citizen Caledon Citizen Article, a free on line community information session specifically designed for Caledon residents was presented on Tuesday March 23rd.
The 413/GTAW drives many of the quarry and development projects in Caledon. Continue reading
March 20, 2021
By email to: Mayor Thompson, Caledon Council, OPP Inspector Mike Garant, Region of Peel Commissioner Kealy Dedman
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
The West Caledon Traffic Group would like to thank Council for their commitment to conduct traffic studies and identify Community Safety Zones within Ward 1 and Ward 2 to enforce speed limits in our communities. These are important steps in addressing critical quality of life for residents, and safety for both locals and visitors. Continue reading
Sunday March 21, 2021
Traffic Calming Measures for Ward 1 and Ward 2
In September of 2019, traffic studies were conducted and Community Safety Zones were designated in Ward 1 and Ward 2. In November 2020, the WCTG made a presentation to the Town of Caledon requesting a series of actions to be implemented to support the safety of our communities. The Town committed to increase the number of Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices in Caledon, to investigate a noise ASE to be used in communities like ours. Continue reading
In addition to the Town of Caledon information regarding Gypsy Moth https://www.caledon.ca/en/news/gypsy-moth-in-caledon.aspx#How-can-I-protect-my-trees this information is from the Inglewood Garden Club: Continue reading