On January 13, 2009, the MOE released the draft Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, which is intended to provide long-term protection to the Lake Simcoe watershed and its associated communities. The draft plan proposes various measures regarding water quality protection, including a ban on certain new sewage treatment plants, restrictions on septic systems in sensitive areas and amendments to municipal stormwater planning requirements. The draft plan also proposes measures for the protection of habitat, shorelines and aquatic life, and the promotion of sustainable recreation. The MOE is accepting comments on the draft plan until March 16, 2009.  

For further information, please seeTorys’ December 2008 Bulletin and www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEBExternal/ displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTA0NTY0&statusId=MTU2NjEy&language=en.