Water Quality Survey Questions Summary

Council Member 1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?

Brian Bigger
Mayor

Watershed Studies must be conducted and properly funded. There must be better
management of storm water, which is critical and must be looked at immediately. This
would have huge impact to our water bodies.

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

The most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality is to make sure that don't allow development close to water ways ie industry and make sure that garbage is not deposited in our lakes and waterways.

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

We must start conserving water as much as possible and put an end to the use of hazardous products in our residential and commercial sectors of the community. We must also take care to reduce the recreational use of boats on our lakes and rivers. Anything the city can do to encourage people to cease contributing to the pollution of our water supply is important to the long term protection of our water quality. It is important to have a program of testing of the water quality in our lakes and rivers so that we can take positive steps to deal with problems as soon as they are detected.

René Lapierre
Ward 6

I believe we need to ensure that the current water ways we utilise remain in good health. We must minimize the amount of run off from storm drains returning into our lake without by ensuring better filtration.

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

We must ensure that contaminated run off into our lakes and rivers, particularly those we draw drinking water from, is minimized.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

Mandate regular septic bed pumping
Mandate vegetative buffers along the shores of all water bodies.

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

Implement the treatment of storm sewer water and incorporate that into all new development. Try to implement mandatory maintenance of septic systems.

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Scrub watershed effluent before it enters our lakes

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

By developing and adopting long term policies-By adopting the concept of existing natural capital valuation .Simply ,by understanding that one policy directly impacts another ,that ecological valuation and benefits must be factored in with the industrial benefits equation when deciding on future projects,policies etc.

Council Member 2. How will you move these forward?

Brian Bigger
Mayor

These topics will be brought forward for debate and discussion as a priority when I am
Mayor

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

I'm currently the Vice Chair of the Nickel District Conservation and the Chair of Friends of Lake Laurentian - On these boards I work hard make sure that we converse/protect our lakes and I feel education is the way to do this. We want to make sure these Lakes are protect for future generations.

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

I will first of all make sure that our city is being a good role model in demonstrating to our residents the adoption of the most visible and effective conservation efforts. I will also see if I can convince Council to provide special grants and incentives to encourage residents to adopt good practices in their own homes and property. This will include everything from replacing worn out septic systems, planting trees and shrubs, using green products around the home, and reducing the consumption of water on lawns, washing cars, etc. While we cannot pay for all of the upgrades, we may be able to offer other incentives that have a high value to residents and a low cost to the city.

René Lapierre
Ward 6

I would like to work with expert in this area of expertise, to make suggestions that I could bring back to council in order to make a decision together as a team in order to maximise the plan’s efficacy.

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

For existing developments within lake and river catch basins, we must ensure that proper educational materials and information is passed along to residents and businesses. For new developments, we can ensure that an environmental assessment by the Nickel District Conservation Authority is maintained as part of the planning process to ensure that all potential situations are considered and clearance is given before building starts.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

Working with council to present and pass a bylaw mandating regular septic bed pumping for all properties abuting a waterway.

Mandate and enforce vegetative buffers in all new developments abutting waterways. I would also like to look at providing incentives to existing developed properties to introduce vegetative buffers along all water bodies.

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

Fight for/support funding requests for these and other measures as needed.

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Will depend on cost

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

By continuing to support an all encompassing natural credit approach to environmental studies: including Ramsey Lake ,Junction Creek study,Ponderosa,trail plans,park development ..etc..and from there adopting policies that make sense and creates balance both from an industrial and ecological perspective.Everything from reducing the amount of salt we use on roads ,upstream development policies,-phosphorous use bylaw was implemented in this term... This concept applies to all facets of this survey. transportation,water quality,natural environment ,climate change ,citizen engagement. Decisons cannot responsibly be made in isolation –ecological benefits lens must be applied to a major projects.

Multiple choice questions:

Council Member (a) Requiring larger shoreline buffers (b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies (c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands (d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas (e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River

Brian Bigger
Mayor

I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that Unsure

René Lapierre
Ward 6

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour Unsure I will champion that Unsure

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour Unsure I will vote in favour Unsure

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

I will champion that I will vote in favour I will champion that Unsure Unsure

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

I will champion that I will champion that Unsure I will champion that Unsure

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Unsure Unsure Unsure I will champion that Unsure

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that
Explanations:

Council Member Explanations

Brian Bigger
Mayor

b) We must understand what and where our exposures are and provide the mechanism to
manage these exposures to reduce their ef ect on our environment.
c) Our terrain requires us to manage storm water in a more environmentally ef ective
manner.

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

B- I'm the vice chair of the NDCA so I realize the importance of Conservation Sudbury and their need for funding.

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

René Lapierre
Ward 6

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

(c)Definitely vote in favour of banning development in flood plains (e) I frequent a camp on the Wahnapitae River (from which the City draws drinking water), a river that has a series of hydro dams which have not compromised the quality of water, the supply of fish or the quality of life for residents or campers. If the Vermilion project was similar I cannot see an issue, however, not being familiar with the specific characteristics of the Vermilion I cannot make a firm decision.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

C-Every situation needs to be evaluated separately.
D-I am uncertain as to the current standards for storm water management.
E-I am not completely familiar with the details of this issue.

Water, with out a doubt, is our most important resource. Without clean water nothing else matters.

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

For c I would want more information from the NDCA and the role they play in reviewing proposed developments in floodplains. For e I would want more information from both the proponent of the hydro electric dams & the Vermilion River Stewardship Committee.

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Have not seen costs related to this.

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

I have added notes of this very interesting concept which is all inclusive really and which applies in one way or another to all questions that you have brought forward in this survey.” Without nature, humans could not survive. Nature provides the raw materials for every product we consume. More importantly, it constantly supplies services that sustain life, such as fresh drinking water, food and clean air. Nature directly affects human wellbeing through its ability to meet a wide variety of human needs, whether from tangible ecological services or from more abstract, psychological connections to nature. Unfortunately, current accounting systems rarely, if ever, account for nature. In fact, we often assume nature provides unlimited resources, such as fisheries, forests and clean drinking water. We act as if the bank of nature has unlimited assets, and we keep making withdrawals as if there is no tomorrow. By accounting for natural capital we can start to align our economic ambitions with our ethical environmental responsibility—to provide future generations with at least the same benefits from nature we enjoy. This is the foundation of sustainability” .-taken from the Natural credit article –CVC/Pembina Institute


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