Water Quality Survey Questions Summary

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

Matt Alexander

The most important steps for protecting water quality is to reduce run-off into our stormdrains, renaturalize our shorelines and over time work towards replacing septic systems on Ramsay Lake with piped municipal services.

Denis Ferron

The city needs to protect our water quality through management programs and source protection and also provide policies procedures and controls.

Mathieu Labonté

The city took a great step by restricting phosphorus fertilizer use, but now it needs to continue on that path, find ways to enforce the bylaw itself, as well as adopting larger shoreline buffers.

Sidney Shapiro

I think the city (and public health) do a great job testing, cleaning, and monitoring water quality and safety. I think we can get citizens more involved, and made more aware of their environmental impact on our water.

Mark Signoretti

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.

Paul Soucie

We must monitor our current water supply on a regular basis to insure its quality and safety.

Chris Spry

We need to focus on what is causing blue green algae and pollution and enforce a way to minimize it

Thomas Trainor

Candidate name 2. How will you move these forward?

Matt Alexander

I’ll move these forward by working with residents in Ward 1 to build rain gardens on public and private property, support the creation of a development permit system similar to that in place in Lake of Bays to require shoreline rehabilitation as a condition for planning approvals, and support long-term infrastructure planning.

Denis Ferron

Proposing a water quality and management board with experts in this field that report to council with reccomendations for policies and procedures.

Mathieu Labonté

Sidney Shapiro

I think a public campaign to keep our water clean would be a great place to start.

Mark Signoretti

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.

Paul Soucie

By insuring that city staff follow a regulated plan of maintenance and upgrading

Chris Spry

Looking at the problems with run off, septic systems and boat launches that are bringing or allowing pollutants into the lakes.

Thomas Trainor

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (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

Matt Alexander

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

Denis Ferron

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

Mathieu Labonté

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

Sidney Shapiro

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

Mark Signoretti

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

Paul Soucie

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

Chris Spry

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

Thomas Trainor

Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

Matt Alexander

A – I would support wider shoreline buffers and policies to require shoreline rehabilitation as a condition of development on waterfront properties. I’d also work with developers to ensure public access to shorelines through parkland dedication to bring more “eyes on the lake” so blue-green algae or other threats to water quality are reported immediately.
B – We’re proud of being a city of lakes, but without a comprehensive watershed study we don’t really know what we’ve got, or what the impacts of development are on our lakes. We need a coordinated strategy to get this done. We should pursue options for non-municipal funding for these studies, but we need to meet targets for moving towards this goal.
C – There’s an old real estate scam involving Florida swamp land. We don’t need developers falling for that here in Sudbury. Development in floodplains and wetlands is more costly for developers and ultimately more costly for the city. We should explore options for acquiring privately held floodplains and wetlands or providing tax relief for lands that aren’t suitable for development.
E – I do not know enough about this proposal, and its potential impacts to take a position.

Denis Ferron

I am a certified small water treatment plant operator and understand the importance of water treatment and the quality of our drinking water sources around our region, the province of Ontario has some of the best training and highest standards for water treatment in the world, it is important to educate the citizens on the simple basics of water protection and fully appreciate and protect this valuable resource for future generations.

Mathieu Labonté

Sidney Shapiro

Mark Signoretti

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

Paul Soucie

Chris Spry

C,D,E-would prefer case by case basis with study and assessments.
I believe in all of these efforts – but would like to see evidence informed data before making any decision.

Thomas Trainor


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