Public Meeting on Growing the Greenbelt in Waterloo Region
Ontario is taking action to protect important water resources in the Greater Golden Horseshoe by launching a public consultation on expanding the province’s Greenbelt.
The province is considering expanding the Greenbelt to include areas in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, an area that is experiencing significant growth and is under pressure from urban development.
The public, municipalities, conservation authorities, stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations are invited to provide input on a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion. The consultation comprises seven areas most in need of protection, including moraines, cold water streams and wetlands located in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This area also includes valuable water resources that are near our community:
Waterloo Region, Brant and Wellington counties:
The Waterloo Moraine, which is a formation of sand and gravel—in some locations capped by silt and clay—that was deposited by receding glaciers after the last ice age. The sand and gravel filters rainwater and groundwater that seeps into aquifers (underground water reservoirs).
Aquifers below the Waterloo moraine are important for municipal water supplies and are essential water sources for the area’s coldwater streams. The southern portion of the moraine also supplies water to the Nith and Grand rivers and to Whiteman’s Creek.
The Paris and Galt moraines act as one feature and extend from Guelph to Cambridge and Brant County. These moraines supply water to the Grand River.
Comments may be submitted online, through the Environmental Registry or at an open house in February 2018. The dates and locations for the open houses will also be posted at Ontario.ca/Greenbelt. The deadline for submitting your feedback is March 7, 2018.
The Waterloo Region public consultation will be held:
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
5:30pm to 8:00pm
Tannery Event Centre
151 Charles Street West, Kitchener
This is a free event, drop-in format, and all are welcome.