Perhaps Council can tell us, since they will have to at the OMB, why a simple 3-minute visit to the Simcoe County GIS Map shows that the section of Edgehill Park that they propose putting a stormwater management pond on, part of the Health Hub land, happens to be classed as a “Highly Vulnerable Aquifer”.
Every day, simple research by ordinary residents turns up more and more information that we have never heard debated or discussed in relation the rushed re-zoning of Edgehill Park for the new health hub. What’s the hurry? Council has said that the proponents funding will expire; so they need to push this along. How nice.
Once again, we find evidence that “Due Diligence” seems to be nothing more than a pacifying slogan with this Council.
In another cruel irony much like closing the barn doors after the livestock has wandered off, at tonight’s Planning And Development Committee meeting, the topic land use policies based on Hydrogeological Studies is on the agenda.
Mayor MacKay and Councillor Canning: show us where you considered this groundwater protection in your planning for the Edgehill Park land deal? Where is the environmental study that alerted you, and interested public to this designation? What was your rationale for forging ahead without further studies and assessments?
“Part III of the Clean Water Act applies in a source protection area where a Source Protection Plan has taken effect. Section 39 of the Clean Water Act requires that any decision under the Planning Act made by Council shall conform with the significant threat policies of the SPP and have regard to the other policies as set out in the Source Protection Plan.”
Why was this not discussed before voting to rezone the land affected by this very condition? Why was Council and the public not made aware of this and was any consideration made prior to tonight’s meeting?
We have given and continue to provide Council with AMPLE evidence to allow them to “save face” and repeal this decision and bring it back for more objective evaluation, yet they defiantly refuse to consider the fact that they may have made a mistake on this decision. What will it take? How much tax money will they spend defending what is, to any objective outsider, a poorly-executed decision made in haste to appease a proponent who is driving this agenda with the help of some of Council’s members.
The meeting starts at 7pm. We will be there. If you want more detail, read the Severn Sound Regional Groundwater Vulnerability report attached below.
What Is A Highly Vulnerable Aquifer
Highly vulnerable aquifers are defined as subsurface, geologic formations that are sources of drinking water, which could relatively easily be impacted by the release of pollutants on the ground surface.
The Intrinsic Susceptibility Index (ISI) method was used to map highly vulnerable aquifers in the Source Protection Region. The factors considered to assess the vulnerability of an aquifer are the depth to the aquifer and to the water table, the properties of the overlying soil and/or rock and the aquifer composition.
A significant portion of the watersheds are highly vulnerable to aquifer contamination. This is primarily due to the conditions where the water table is shallow (in this case next to Midland Bay), the overburden is thin and permeable (or absent), and the aquifer is fractured bedrock. The vulnerability of the aquifer decreases in this area only where soils are thicker, such as on moraines and drumlins.
Areas of high vulnerability are due to thin permeable soils and a shallow water table.