Campaign to protect Simcoe Uplands Moraine continues

The battle to protect what is called “uniquely pure water” reached Queen’s Park recently, when a delegation of Simcoe County residents met with legislators to gather support for efforts to protect Simcoe Uplands Moraine in Tiny Township.
The delegation from AWARE Simcoe attended proceedings at the Legislature on Nov. 23, and met with MPPs, according to a press release.
“Genuine interest was shown,” said delegation organizer Erin Archer, a member of the local Waterkeepers group. “Brainstorming of new avenues has restored the hope in our water protectors. We’re looking forward to working with MPPs from across Ontario to keep this water pristine for future generations.”
At the beginning of the afternoon session, Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner (MPP for Guelph) introduced the group who were seated in the visitors’ and members’ galleries. Among them were representatives of the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations, the Friends of the Waverley Uplands, Tottenham-water, the Anishinaabe Kweag, the Waterkeepers and AWARE Simcoe.
In 2009, First Nations, cottagers, farmers and residents were successful in defeating Simcoe County’s plan for Dump Site 41. Advocates say extraction is the new threat to the water. In a meeting, Schreiner explained that on Dec. 5 he will be bringing forward a private member’s bill to protect water within another moraine. The group will press for protection for all moraines like the Simcoe Uplands Moraine, also known as the Waverley Uplands.