Don't pave paradise, says reader

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The proposed East-West bypass route of the Waterdown-Aldershot Master Transportation Plan will be removing sections of heavily forested areas and wetlands of the new Ontario Greenbelt located in Waterdown's Joe Sams Park. The specific area is known as the Waterdown North Wetlands.

The proposed route will take out up to 1,000 trees over a two-acre swath. (Officially only trees with a diameter greater than four inches are counted in the total, so the actual final number will be much higher).

Although the Grindstone Creek Wetlands through Joe Sams Park have been assessed by the provincial government as Provincially Significant and will not be touched, this particular section of the affected Ontario Greenbelt area has been recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as officially being "Un-assessed." This means it is an ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Area), but they have not yet officially determined its status as a possible Provincially Significant Wetland area.

Contracted consultants and city planners believe they are interpreting properly the Environmental Assessment guidelines that allow them to proceed with the removal of the trees and planning of the roadway through the area. The Hamilton Conservation Authority was not even made aware of the recommended East/West bypass route through their area of jurisdiction.

Local groups who are fighting the proposal ask that you contact your local Councillor, Margaret McCarthy (905-546-2713) and MPP Ted McMeekin (905-690-6552) to advise them of your concerns to have this area officially assessed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

For more information, I can also be reached at rbrez@sympatico.ca.

Rick Breznik

Waterdown

Don't pave paradise, says reader

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The proposed East-West bypass route of the Waterdown-Aldershot Master Transportation Plan will be removing sections of heavily forested areas and wetlands of the new Ontario Greenbelt located in Waterdown's Joe Sams Park. The specific area is known as the Waterdown North Wetlands.

The proposed route will take out up to 1,000 trees over a two-acre swath. (Officially only trees with a diameter greater than four inches are counted in the total, so the actual final number will be much higher).

Although the Grindstone Creek Wetlands through Joe Sams Park have been assessed by the provincial government as Provincially Significant and will not be touched, this particular section of the affected Ontario Greenbelt area has been recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as officially being "Un-assessed." This means it is an ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Area), but they have not yet officially determined its status as a possible Provincially Significant Wetland area.

Contracted consultants and city planners believe they are interpreting properly the Environmental Assessment guidelines that allow them to proceed with the removal of the trees and planning of the roadway through the area. The Hamilton Conservation Authority was not even made aware of the recommended East/West bypass route through their area of jurisdiction.

Local groups who are fighting the proposal ask that you contact your local Councillor, Margaret McCarthy (905-546-2713) and MPP Ted McMeekin (905-690-6552) to advise them of your concerns to have this area officially assessed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

For more information, I can also be reached at rbrez@sympatico.ca.

Rick Breznik

Waterdown

Don't pave paradise, says reader

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The proposed East-West bypass route of the Waterdown-Aldershot Master Transportation Plan will be removing sections of heavily forested areas and wetlands of the new Ontario Greenbelt located in Waterdown's Joe Sams Park. The specific area is known as the Waterdown North Wetlands.

The proposed route will take out up to 1,000 trees over a two-acre swath. (Officially only trees with a diameter greater than four inches are counted in the total, so the actual final number will be much higher).

Although the Grindstone Creek Wetlands through Joe Sams Park have been assessed by the provincial government as Provincially Significant and will not be touched, this particular section of the affected Ontario Greenbelt area has been recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as officially being "Un-assessed." This means it is an ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Area), but they have not yet officially determined its status as a possible Provincially Significant Wetland area.

Contracted consultants and city planners believe they are interpreting properly the Environmental Assessment guidelines that allow them to proceed with the removal of the trees and planning of the roadway through the area. The Hamilton Conservation Authority was not even made aware of the recommended East/West bypass route through their area of jurisdiction.

Local groups who are fighting the proposal ask that you contact your local Councillor, Margaret McCarthy (905-546-2713) and MPP Ted McMeekin (905-690-6552) to advise them of your concerns to have this area officially assessed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

For more information, I can also be reached at rbrez@sympatico.ca.

Rick Breznik

Waterdown