Top Four Worst Land Development Projects in 2019

The Watershed Trust’s Watershed Action Group keeps an eye on development in our catchment area, especially within the boundaries of the Town of Collingwood and The Blue Mountains. At the moment, future development plans include 9,390 units (4625 units in Collingwood; 4765 units in TBM) with a capacity for 20,658 people [...]

The Ontario Conservative Government’s Attack on the Ecosystem

We must draw attention to the reductions in the protection of the ecosystem from recent Ontario Government actions and proposals. Endangered Species Act proposals will reduce the protection for species at risk. Conservation Authorities Act proposals and cuts will decrease the CA capabilities for support of conservation activities including flood control. [...]

Help Save the Steep Seasonal Road Up Escarpment Natural

Township of Clearview’s request for Side Road 26/27 Niagara Escarpment Plan Amendment PS 215-18. The root of the problem is the proposed closing of a well-used section of former County Road 91 (Road 91) without providing an equivalent alternate route connecting Simcoe and Grey Counties. The road proposed to replace the [...]

2019-11-07T00:41:14+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Developer Wants to Double the Density Within the Silver Creek Wetland

We made a submission to the Public Meeting in Collingwood on March 25, 2019,  regarding the proposed zoning by-law amendment for Bridgewater on Georgian Bay. The essence of the submission follows. The new proposal is essentially the same as the plan approved by Ontario Municipal Board in 2007 commonly known as [...]

2019-11-07T00:30:52+00:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Climate Change Report: We are Failing Badly

Members of the Trust are well aware of the seriousness of global warming and its negative effects on weather extremes of flooding, drought, forest fires, loss of coral reefs and biodiversity, forced migrations (Syria), disruptions of northern peoples, etc.; and it is going to get worse. Unfortunately, many people believe we [...]

2019-11-06T22:05:27+00:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Development, News|Tags: |

Save Ontario Species

Our most vulnerable species are on the chopping block (Excerpt from Ontario Nature) In its recently introduced omnibus Bill 108, “More Homes, More Choice Act” the province has included provisions that will virtually render ineffective the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Let’s be clear what the government is saying: building housing quickly [...]

Parkbridge-Craigleith Development Application

Parkbridge-Craigleith Development Application By Peter Tollefsen and Eleanor Ward An application for draft plan of subdivision and zoning by-law amendment approval was submitted to the Town of The Blue Mountains and the County of Grey in 2016 to develop a 26 ha (65 acre) of land on the south side of [...]

We Helped Save Woodlots in Thornbury

  Since this photo was taken, the Abbotts site has been completely grubbed to the lot lines. We Helped Save Woodlots in Thornbury By George Powell, WAG member, and Blanka Guyatt, Board and WAG member The residents of west Thornbury formed a group, the Harbour West Concerned Residents Group, [...]

2018-06-27T18:56:15+00:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Speaking Up for the Environment: We Oppose the Development of 70 Madeline Drive Because the Property is in an Environmentally Protected Area, and in the Floodplain of Townline Creek

Speaking Up for the Environment: We Oppose the Development of 70 Madeline Drive Because the Property is in an Environmentally Protected Area, and in the Floodplain of Townline Creek Townline Creek abuts the east side of the 70 Madeline Drive property and is representative of the numerous small Escarpment watercourses that [...]

Protecting Local Natural Heritage from Development

Protecting Local Natural Heritage from Development By George Powell, WAG member The loss and fragmentation of natural habitats in the Blue Mountain Watershed continues to present challenges for municipalities, planners and environmental scientists tasked with identifying areas that should be preserved for the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem. This is why [...]