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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 20:19

Water protection is now official in TL

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By Glenna Burns

            A new Drinking Water Source Protection Plan is set to become part of the Trent Lakes Official Plan—and its policies could impact building permits and home-business activities as the municipality will now have the authority to protect vulnerable areas used for drinking water.

            The “ambitious undertaking,” explained Trent Lakes land-use planner Chris Jones in a packed public meeting at the council chambers Sept. 20, was developed to

protect well heads in three specific Trent Lakes locations: Kinmount, Buckhorn Estates and Alpine Village.

            Activities that put water systems at risk can include septic systems, large sewage systems, waste-disposal sites, some agricultural activity, road-salt storage, fuel and chemical storage and handling, and waterfowl congregation.

            “Planning is a dynamic science,” Jones told the audience and council. “Official plans get approved, and its normal procedure to change them as new ideas come forward.”

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