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To preserve the natural environment.

To plan for the efficient, attractive, and environmentally sound, use of land.

To sustain the integrity of the Nottawasaga River system.

Action Items:
Create an environmental action committee.

Create user-friendly educational centres (e.g. Tiffin Centre) to promote the significance of the natural environment.

Develop a "community compost cooperative"; initiate a compost/green waste pickup (spring & fall) to deter dumping; designate a green waste drop-off area for garden waste.

Improve access to water and sewers to eliminate environmental concerns.

Encourage the Township to investigate and consider approval of alternative technologies to current water and sewage systems.

Host a public seminar to better educate businesses on alternative technologies.

Maintain the level of water being returned to the community; return waste water to the community after cleaning it up. Research alternate sewage treatment plans.

Identify and establish a "bank" of baseline data(benchmarks) for:
  • Water quality/quantity,
  • Landfill site locations (old and new),
  • Biosolid spreading sites,
  • Soil fertility, and
  • Habitat features.
Monitor water use realistically.

Improve water quality by restricting livestock access to waterways, developing manure storage facilities, and/or minimizing crop land erosion.

Create a program to promote pollution awareness, provide an easily accessible telephone number to call to report problems/concerns. Actively promote the implementation of Best Management Practices to producer groups and related industry;incorporate a Best Management Plan workshop or a speaker into Simcoe County Farmers Week days (beef,dairy, crop, swine); promote the cost benefits of "new" Best Management Plans.

Encourage all "nutrient users" to prepare a Nutrient Management Plan.

Potential Partners:
Agriculture Canada
Chambers of Commerce/Business Associations
Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
Conservation Authorities
County of Simcoe
Environment Canada
Environmental and Conservation Clubs
Essa Economic Development Committee
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Natural Resources
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Private Sector
Service Clubs
Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture
Township of Essa
Trails Committee
Volunteer and Rural Organizations