Urgent: Last day to submit comments to save Brook Trout Habitat in West Credit River

The Coalition for the West Credit River needs  your help to protect the Brook Trout population in the West Credit River which is threatened by a wastewater treatment plant proposed by the Town of Erin in Wellington County. 

You can take action by Submitting comments to the Impact Assessment Registry.

The deadline for submission is today!

SUBMIT COMMENTS

Submitting your comments to the Impact Assessment Registry will support the Coalition’s Designation Request. 7 million liters per day of sewage effluent from the Town of Erin’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Project discharged into the West Credit River ecosystem will raise the river  temperature and impact the Brook Trout. 

Your comments will demonstrate to the Impact Assessment Agency and Minister Wilkinson that the Coalition’s Designation Request has strong support from the public.

Remember, today is the last day to make your comments. If you have already submitted comments, ask your friends and family to submit comments as well. 

For the River, 
Coalition for the West Credit 


PS – Click here to submit your comments to the Impact Assessment Registry

 

 

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Belfountain Park Closed for 2021 – Notice From CVC

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. 

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Belfountain Community Spring Catch Up Call – Rescheduled

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. 

 

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TAKE ACTION: Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant

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

Take Action

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,
Judy Mabee
Coalition for the West Credit River

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Virtual Meeting Invite – CBM/St. Marys Cement Caledon Quarry – Wednesday April 7, 2021 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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

 

 

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Free Webinar Outlining How Belfountain and Cataract Residents are Going to be Impacted by the 413 GTAW

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

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Thursday March 25th at 7pm – Important Event Regarding Protecting the West Credit River and the Brook Trout

Be Part of the Action – March 25th, 2021 at 7pm

The Belfountain Community Organization is part of a Coalition for the West Credit River, working to protect Brook Trout and Species at Risk from the proposed Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant (Erin WWTP).

Join the Coalition in our online Zoom Event to find out what we are doing and how you can take action to help protect this unique coldwater West Credit River ecosystem.

RSVP here to attend our online Coalition Event on Thursday, 25 March at 7:00 pm.

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Traffic Calming Letter Sent to Mayor, OPP and Region

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

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Traffic Calming Measures for Ward 1 and Ward 2

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

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Protecting Your Trees from Gypsy Moth Starts Now

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

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